Our global community of families have been devastated by the complex challenges surrounding substance use. As we remember those we have lost with a heavy heart, we also celebrate tremendous victories, such as the recent commitment by the federal government to approach the opioid epidemic with a public health response and greater access to medication-assisted treatment, and wider availability of the opioid antidote naloxone.
FSDP is privileged to serve a growing network of families, professionals and advocates whose ardent stories bear testimony that seeks to implement innovative public health initiatives with the goal of reducing the harms.
International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, 2017 #IOAD17 was a heartfelt day of love, remembrance and connection surrounded by cherished friends. On this day, we gathered in solidarity to honor our loved ones who said goodbye much too soon and to demand change for all still at risk who deserve to access the compassion and science needed to save their lives!
At right, from left to right: VOCAL NY’s Terrell Jones, FSDP Co-founders Carol Katz Beyer and Barry Lessin