Nonprofit Addiction Recovery Foundation

Addiction-related deaths are rampant across this country, and the data suggests the problem is only getting worse.

The health crisis has grown increasingly dire along the East Coast, with several New England states leading the nation in drug use and addiction rates. These addiction hotbeds include the District of Columbia, Vermont, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In response to this life-threatening health epidemic, a longtime recovery professional by the name of Jim Haggerty decided to take action. He founded the ECHO Foundation in 2014 to help combat the rise of dangerous drug overdoses.