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Ryan Hampton (writer)

Ryan Hampton is an author, American political activist, and person in recovery from opioid addiction.

American FixEdit

In August 2018, Hampton published his first book, "American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis-and How to End It" - published by St. Martin's Press/Macmillan Publishing.[1] In American Fix, Hampton writes with candor about his experiences with what he calls a broken treatment system and outlines a political agenda for combatting the nation's addiction crisis.[2]

Political activismEdit

Hampton has been a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump's border wall, arguing that Trump's immigration agenda is shifting focus backwards to a "War on Drugs" approach.[3][4] He has advocated for safer recovery housing for addicts and for standards to end rogue sober homes in America.[5]

In August 2018, Hampton led a 500-person protest against drugmaker Purdue Pharma for their role in the American opioid crisis.[6] He has been at the forefront in calling for accountability from drug makers.[7]

In January 2019, Hampton was the guest of U.S. House Democrats to President Trump's State of the Union speech, representing the addiction recovery advocacy movement.[8]

In an effort to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action on the American addiction crisis, Hampton organized a rally in April 2019 and staged an 800-pound spoon at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.[9]

Hampton has been called to testify before the U.S. Congress on numerous occasions and offer his experience and opinion on combatting the opioid crisis in the United States.[10][11]


  1. ^ Hampton, Ryan (August 28, 2018). American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis - and How to End It. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9781250196279 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Hampton, Travis Lupick interviews Ryan. "No More About Us Without Us: A Conversation with Ryan Hampton". Los Angeles Review of Books.
  3. ^ "How targeting big pharma can solve America's opioid crisis".
  4. ^ "Trump's border wall won't solve addiction crisis — but finally targeting big pharma can". USA TODAY.
  5. ^ "My friend overdosed in his recovery home, and no one was held accountable. That's about to change". USA TODAY.
  6. ^ "Purdue Pharma grapples with growing protests". 2018-08-26.
  7. ^ "Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, settles opioids lawsuit in Oklahoma". March 26, 2019.
  8. ^ CNN, Caroline Kelly. "Here are the guests members of Congress are bringing to the State of the Union". CNN.
  9. ^ "Protestors slam FDA with claims it did too little on opioids". April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Denial Playbook: How Industries Manipulate Science and Policy from Climate Change to Public Health | The House Committee on Natural Resources".
  11. ^ "Hearing on "Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions," Subcommittee on Health (March 21, 2018)". 2018-03-21.

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