“Where I came from, I grew up on the streets… I never thought that anything I had today would ever be possible, but it was possible because of the 12-step program, it was possible because I allowed God into my life to make a significant impact and a significant difference.”
Inspiration from Heartbreak
On September 8, 2017, a voice on the phone said “no” after I had asked if our only son was alive. That no will ring in my heart forever.
The call ended true happiness for us, as you can imagine. But it did not end our desire for answers—and a craving to extract some meaning from our personal grief.
Our son, Eric Chase, a University of Colorado sophomore, had fallen victim to a Xanax pill he had bought on campus—a pill that turned out to be laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl. How could we move forward?
As details of our son’s passing emerged, I resolved—at the least—to do whatever I could to keep other parents from receiving that call, to do something about the opioid epidemic—which has become America’s worst drug crisis in history.
Taking action against an epidemic that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year—this is the legacy of our tragedy and inspiration for our future. Doing what we can to save lives—that’s what The Eric Chase Foundation is all about.
We are in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. More than 130 people a day die from opioid-related drug overdoses.