Tristan’s Story

On August 4th, 2016, Hope Thompson found her daughter, 18-year-old Tristan Thompson, dead of a heroin overdose. Sadly, many families can tell similar stories about their friends and loved ones.

Hope experienced firsthand the tragic consequences of the American opioid epidemic, inspiring her to start Tristan’s Haven, a non-profit for teenagers who struggle with opioid abuse, in honor of her daughter. Tristan’s Haven has brought dozens of teenagers struggling with addiction to detox – saving countless lives.

Fighting the opioid epidemic is a top priority for Ted Budd. 

Two years ago, a young man who still works with Ted said, ‘I just lost my brother,’ so this is very personal. It hit home at that moment two years ago how devastating of a problem this is. Since then, he’s talked to family after family after family who are personally affected by this epidemic. 

If elected to a second term, Ted will double down on his efforts to combat this crisis by introducing and supporting legislation that would attack each subset of this issue: treatment, prevention, going after bad actors, and highlighting the larger societal issues at play.

While in Congress, Ted has been leading the charge to tackle the opioid epidemic taking place in North Carolina and throughout the country. The COACH Act addresses opioid abuse by the care given in hospitals. It improves our regulation by instituting best practices to prevent overprescribing. The RESTORE Act empowers the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to extract tough penalties from pharmaceutical companies that fulfill suspect shipments for opioid-based painkillers. The SITSA Act gives federal law enforcement new tools to prosecute bad actors selling lethal drugs. And the THRIVE Act provides housing choice vouchers to nonprofits who use evidence-based models of recovery to help individuals escape the spiral of addiction. By providing housing for people who are coming out of addiction counseling, we can help them get back on their feet.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, please contact 1-800-662-HELP for help. 


“Ted Budd is pushing for the laws that are going to make things better.”Hope Thompson

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