NSC Statement on Abby Wambach's Admission of Prescription Drug Addiction

Celebrities can have an important impact on raising awareness and creating change.

​The National Safety Council applauds soccer icon Abby Wambach for publicly discussing her struggle against prescription drug and alcohol addiction and journey to sobriety.

Millions of Americans struggle with prescription drug addictions. Despite the scope of the problem, addiction still carries a stigma that forces far too many people to live in the shadows. Addiction is a disease – not a decision. We must begin treating it accordingly, and part of that process is to have an open dialog.  

Celebrities have incredible platforms to raise awareness and create change. We are grateful to see Ms. Wambach using hers in such a constructive, powerful way.

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Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

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