Afghanistan war veteran Chris Taylor, who was running for the U.S. House of Representatives from his home state of Arizona, withdrew from the election because of an opioid drug overdose, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.
Taylor, a Republican, announced his resignation on his social media page. He said he was found unconscious after an opioid overdose and now has to undergo rehabilitation.
In 2008 and 2009, he participated in the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan, serving in amphibious forces. After returning from the army, he suffered from a post-traumatic stress disorder and then survived his addiction to opioid drugs.
He managed to overcome addiction, after which he founded the organization Desert Eagle Addiction Recovery to support people suffering from this type of addiction. Now, after the breakdown, he himself turned to her staff for help.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people a day die a day in the United States from opioid overdoses. In 2017, President Donald Trump declared the country’s opioid epidemic. It dates back to the 1990s when pharmaceutical companies assured doctors that opioid painkillers were not addictive.