The Opioid Crisis is currently one of the deadliest epidemics affecting people worldwide. From prescription pill abuse to heroin, countless lives have been lost to addiction and every day a growing population of individuals become addicted themselves.
While the crisis may seem like a never-ending cycle that is too difficult to combat, various foundations have stood up to take on the challenge and do what they can to raise awareness and educate the public on the dangers of addiction and opioid abuse. One such foundation is A Man In Recovery.
On Saturday, June 23rd, Joe Scialabba, a member of the foundation and dance music event promoter, will be hosting the first Dance For Life event, a new event series which will raise awareness and funding for the organization’s efforts.
Ahead of this event, we caught up with Joe Scialabba to discuss the event series and how he became involved.
John C: You have mentioned to me a personal connection to the opioid crisis. What inspired you to become involved in combating addition personally?
Joe Scialabba: I started working for this foundation about a year ago after i lost my girlfriend of 8 years and my daughters mother to an OD. I’ve buried too many people and felt like it was time to do something. I do sometimes get to witness our work in action. We help those no one else will. Uninsured and usually on the brink.
John C: How did you first begin working with Tim Ryan of A Man in Recovery Foundation?
Joe Scialabba: I saw Tims A&E show “Dopeman” on TV one day. When i realized he was local, I found him on Facebook and asked him to lunch. Originally, I was going to pick his brain as I had planned to start my own foundation. After a bit of conversation, he asked me to join his instead. This was the quickest way for me to have an effect so i took the opportunity.
John C: Dance for Life combines your passion for combating addiction with your history and experience as an event promoter and producer. Can you tell me a little bit about the event?
Joe Scialabba: These events are a way for everyone to enjoy themselves while helping a great cause. Heroin addiction has touched everyone in our community and this is a way to fight back for everyone. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit the foundation and get people into treatment and after care services. This is the first in what we hope will be a successful series. The second event is in Milwaukee on July 14th at studio 200.
John C: In addition to the above, is there anything you would like to share with readers concerning the event?
Joe Scialabba: We hope this is a hit. I always tried to be an activist with my shows in the past. We would give away some door proceeds from every show to different charities and causes. We hope to see everyone out. If heroin hasn’t affected your life, it has definitely affected the life of someone you know and care about. Opioids are now the leading cause of death for people under 50yrs old. More the guns or car accidents.
If you are interested in attending the event, more information can be found on the Dance For Life Charity Fundraiser for Heroin and Opiate Abuse Event Page.