By: Sabrina EatonSource: Cleveland.comArtist(s): Jelly Roll

Rap and country singer Jason “Jelly Roll” DeFord on Thursday told the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee that a planeload worth of Americans die of drug overdoes each day, but America doesn’t seem to care because it bullies and shames drug addicts instead of dealing with the root of their problems.

“The sad news is that narrative is changing, too, because the statistics say that in all likelihood almost every person in this room has lost a friend, family member of colleague to the disease known as addiction,” DeFord told the committee chaired by Cleveland Democrat Sherrod Brown. “I could sit here and cry for days about the caskets I’ve carried of people I love dearly.”