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James Winnefeld Jr.’s Vow to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The retired admiral lost his son to the opioid crisis. His new nonprofit aims to help families struggling with addiction.
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On Wednesday, retired Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. discussed with the senior editor Ross Andersen one of the most painful experiences a parent can go through: losing a child. Winnefeld spoke about his son Jonathan’s overdose and death from fentanyl-laced heroin, which he wrote about in his article in a year ago. The talk covered Jonathan’s experience with addiction and the nonprofit Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic () that Winnefeld founded in

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