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WHAT WE DO

The Sandgaard Foundation supports nationwide efforts to decrease the habitual use of prescription pain medication, prevent addiction, and support victims and their families. We do this by actively supporting initiatives that create positive changes to help end the opioid epidemic.

Zynex Medical CEO Thomas Sangaard shakes it up in his Denver based office. Employees of the medical device company say he "rocks out" at least once a day.
Zynex Medical CEO Thomas Sangaard shakes it up in his Denver based office. Employees of the medical device company say he "rocks out" at least once a day.

BAND TOGETHER

The discussion about the opioid crisis and the approaches to address it are too often siloed by industry or geographic region. We want to band together to crank up the volume on solutions.

We talk about living well, about misdiagnosis, healthcare and insurance costs, addiction and recovery, and who is to blame. But we don’t talk about living with the pain. Nor do we acknowledge that every person and every affected industry must step up to help. Today, an opioid crisis is gripping our nation. We acknowledge the problem, but talk about solutions quietly- assuming others will figure it out. That stops today.

–Thomas Sandgaard

IT’S TIME

To increase public awareness; talk openly about opioid abuse; work with nonprofits, healthcare professionals, musicians, and the greater community to save lives and change the way we treat pain: together.

47,600

deaths linked to opioid abuse in 2017

21-29%

of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them

130

Americans die everyday from opioid overdose

>$1 Trillion

were lost between 2001 and 2017 due to the opioid crisis

BE PART OF A NEW BEGINNING

Opioids continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other type of drug. A 17-year increase in deaths from prescription opioid overdoses and a surge in illicit opioid overdoses are creating an epidemic in the United States. Join our efforts in fighting the opioid crisis in America.

“We’re all suffering in one form or another. And generally, our way of dealing with it as a nation has been to try to erase the pain and then blame ‘the system’ when it doesn’t work.” 

– Thomas Sandgaard