The Legal Action Center joins with countless others to mourn the loss of, and celebrate the extraordinary life of, our friend Christopher Kennedy Lawford. He will be deeply missed by the addiction recovery community and all those who advocate for access to substance use disorder care.

As his cousin, Patrick J. Kennedy wrote, “To the world Chris was an author, actor, and activist, but to the recovery community he was a pioneer and a giant – living proof that long-term recovery was possible.”  He added “Officially, he was an ambassador of recovery for the office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama, but to me, and many others, he was the absolute voice of recovery – always there to share his experience, strength, and hope.”

Chris was, indeed, a pioneer and a giant in the recovery community. He was one of the first and most eloquent recovery advocates, fighting steadfastly for decades to improve the system of care for people struggling with addiction. He was an ally in our work to eradicate stigma and discrimination against people with substance use disorders.

Chris’s passion, courage and compassion made an indelible mark on so many lives, and helped to change the way that addiction is perceived and managed in this country. We honor him and send our deepest condolences to his family.

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