Musical partnership aims to reduce opioid ‘stigma’

Courtesy image Musician and songwriter Jared Rogerson’s new single, ‘Side of the Road,’ debuts digitally on Jan. 20. He partnered with the Sublette Prevention Coalition to write how ordinary people can fall victim to substance abuse and addiction.

SUBLETTE COUNTY – There are several partnerships with one goal leading to the upcoming release of country musician Jared Rogerson’s new single, “Side of the Road.”

Taking a realistic look at the current opioid epidemic that has stricken thousands from urban and rural communities – including Wyoming – Rogerson is aiming to reduce the false stigma of substance abuse and addiction.

He and fellow musician John Fogerty wrote and recorded the single at County Q in Nashville in a partnership with the Sublette Prevention Coalition. It’s about a man who builds homes and becomes homeless.

“Stigma is harmful in our overcoming the challenges of the opioid epidemic and is largely based on the false belief that addiction is simply a personal choice reflecting lack of willpower and a moral failing,” Rogerson wrote. “I wanted to illustrate how drug addiction is something no one chooses and when life happens, it could really be any of us.”
The single “Side of the Road” will be available digitally everywhere on Friday, Jan. 20. The official music video filmed and edited by David Rule will premier on YouTube on Friday, Jan. 27.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming Legislature.