Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, testified before the Congressional Bipartisan Heroin And Opioid Task Force on the opioid crisis last week.

Cornell was in Washington DC on February 25 to advocate for better addiction training for health care professionals in the face of the growing epidemic, stating that her husband’s death “was not inevitable.”

“Chris had a brain disease and a doctor who, unfortunately, like many, was not properly trained or educated on addiction,” she told the Task Force. “We must integrate addiction treatment into our health care system — no more false narratives about the need to hit rock bottom, no more secret societies, no more shame — we must educate health care providers on how to treat addiction and best support recovery.”

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