Opioid abuse should be treated as a disease not a moral failing, says CEO who lost his son to addiction

November 20, 2017 | Berkeley Lovelace Jr., CNCB

Gary Mendell was running a successful hotel investment firm when he lost his son to addiction about six years ago. After that, the direction of his life changed.

In the late 1980s, Mendell started HEI Hotels & Resorts which owns and operates properties under some of the biggest brands, including Starwood, Marriott, and Hilton.

"I was a CEO running businesses, and my older son, Brian, struggled with addiction for eight years," Mendell told CNBC's "Squawk Box" in an interview this week.

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