Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels’ “Celebrity Roast of Brett Hull” takes place tonight at 8 PM EST, benefiting the Jamie Daniels Foundation, and Daniels spoke bluntly with MLive’s Ansar Khan about the serious reasons behind the roast:
Daniels cited statistics revealing more than 100,000 people in the U.S. have died from overdose in a 12-month period that ended in April of this year, and 90 percent who are addicted started from prescription drugs before age 18.
“That’s why the message has to be there – get it out of the homes, get rid of the prescription pills, you can become addicted in five days,” Daniels said. “End the shame and stigma. We have to continue the conversation. That’s what we talk about tonight. You’ll see a family who also lost their son, who are in the same position we are.”
Daniels said it’s not a moral failing, it’s a disease.
“The more people that talk about it and aren’t ashamed of it, if it’s out there, maybe we can stop it before someone dies or goes into hiding like we did as a family,” Daniels said. “We hid it. We didn’t know then what we know now. We don’t want people to follow the path we did. We had that shame and stigma.”
Daniels realizes he is fortunate to have a large platform to spread the message.
“My job gets it front and center. Not everyone can do that,” he said. “If my job helps convey that message in an easier fashion, then great, that’s what we’re meant to do. That will be (Jamie’s) legacy. These are ways to get people to keep thinking about what they can do to help in their own home, whether it be keep an eye on the kids, see how they are, see if their behavior has changed. It reminds people to get pills out of their homes. That’s continuing the conversation.”