By Tory Cooney
Cindy Woldstad delivers emotional testimony about her battle with opioid addiction during discussion by the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee of bills sponsored by Rep. Dave Baker, right, dealing with opioid drugs. Photo by Andrew VonBank
Cindy Woldstad suffered from an opioid addiction for more than seven years after her doctors began prescribing painkillers to manage the effects of chronic pain, arthritis and migraines.
She began inpatient treatment two years ago and has been completely opiate, drug, and alcohol-free for more than two months. But she has organ damage, is missing teeth because of the addiction and requires medication to manage the withdrawal symptoms, she told the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee Tuesday.
“I will be fighting this the rest of my life,” she said. “I feel human again. … I can wake up every morning now at 8 a.m. and live my day and do things I was not able to do three months ago because I was so high off of pain meds.”
Woldstad is one of many advocates who visited the Capitol Complex Tuesday for “Opioid Awareness Day on the Hill” to support legislation intended to address different aspects of opioid addiction and treatment.