Mom fights to prevent opioid addiction and overdose

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Sherrie Rubin Mom fights to prevent opioid addiction, overdose and deathSAN DIEGO -- Opioid addiction is a disease that knows no racial, social or economic boundaries, and it often starts in high school. The country's top doctor has called opioid addiction a serious health crisis in American history with no signs of letting up.

Sherrie Rubin stopped by the FOX 5 Morning News with her son, Aaron, who almost died after overdosing on OxyContin in 2005.

Timeline: How prescription drugs became a national crisis

Aaron was in a coma for a month and had two heart attacks in the ICU. The brain damage was so severe, Aaron lost his ability to walk and talk. He is now a quadriplegic and communicates using his fingers.

Sherrie and Aaron traveled the nation telling their story and warning teenagers about the dangers of opioids. Sherrie also launched a nonprofit organization “Hope 2Gether” to raise awareness about the epidemic.

Quadriplegic shares struggles after opioid addiction nearly killed him