Thank You For Making International Family Drug Support Day a Rousing Success!!

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Families for Sensible Drug Policy is privileged once again, to stand in solidarity with our global partners to commemorate International Family Drug Support Day (IFDSD) 2019!

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Our events this year reflected a long awaited milestone, as we celebrated the launch of Family Drug Support, USA by welcoming beloved advocates Tony, Sandra and James to NYC for a SOLD OUT three-day workshop!

Our FSDP family was energized to gather with co-host, harm reduction pioneer, and newest board member, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, and his team, at the Center for Optimal Living. We delighted in sharing an interactive and dynamic weekend with friends from across the nation, and are excited to bring our communities together, empowering families, restoring health and saving lives.

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The weekend was filled with an abundance of light, love and cherished memories! Special bonds were forged and hearts were healed as special moments were shared…connecting, catching up on life or just showing up with a knowing glance, or a warm smile as good friends do.

ImageThe weekend was filled with an abundance of light, love and cherished memories! Special bonds were forged and hearts were healed as special moments were shared…connecting, catching up on life or just showing up with a knowing glance, or a warm smile as good friends do.
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ImageOur FSDP Guest Blogger, blog-pioneering harm reduction therapist, educator, advocate, and author Dee-Dee Stout was in attendance for the highly acclaimed interactive trainings and she shares her musings in the February 2019 edition of Family Matters – Families Matter to encourage our friends around to world to join our global community and make the family voice heard!!

Our broad diversity spanned across many demographics, communities and miles – from the greater NYC area to the suburbs in CT. Our FSDP family came out in support of our imitable friends at VOCAL-NY for a symposium held by the Fordham School of Law on Safe Consumption Spaces. In attendance were stakeholders representing community harm reduction partners, law enforcement and policy makers. Our families shared heartfelt stories of personal loss with the panel and the outpouring of love and connection was inspirational.

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 Our members lovingly brought Grandma, Grandpa, and even the family pet together to honor loved ones lost to preventable fatal overdose.

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Our advocates gathered for a family photo shoot wearing official FSDP street-wear to let the neighbors know, that when it comes to spreading the message about how harm reduction can #SupportTheFamilyImproveTheOutcome, everyone can help save lives by ending stigma and promoting family centered care.

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We even hosted events in rural towns in Austin, TX and North Carolina where friends traveled far and wide to bring families together around naloxone education to #EndOverdose and offer family support without judgment.

Everyone is excited to welcome Family Drug Support, USA and FSDP is looking forward to bringing more communities together in the days to come!

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The theme this year was #SupportTheFamilyImproveTheOutcome and we hit the ground running on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to raise awareness with other grassroots organizations and we commemorated the day by spotlighting a wide range of information and supports available while connecting people and organizations to needed services. Our message has reached organizations, partners, and stakeholders worldwide.

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Advisory board member Alicia Ventura was instrumental in introducing the holiday to Boston Medical Center, one of the preeminent health care providers in the United States. FSDP partnered with BMC’s Grayken Center for Addiction to introduce Family Drug Support Day to some of the nation’s premier healthcare providers. The Executive Director of the Grayken Center is Michael Botticelli, the Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Barack Obama.

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Alicia also created a video to teach healthcare providers about compassionate and affirming family support programs, including Family Drug Support.

Finally, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky joined Zach Rhoads on the Social Exchange podcast to discuss his journey to becoming one of America’s true harm reduction pioneers and founding the Center for Optimal Living.

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ImageOn March 30, there will be a re-convening of key partners in the launch of Family Drug Support, USA at Dr. Tatarsky’s Center for Optimal Living in New York City, in order to ensure that our families will be able to access life saving harm reduction focused support through the lens of public health and compassion. Stay tuned for updates and thank you for helping to make sure that 2019 is the year that the family voice gets heard!

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In Solidarity and Health,

Your Friends,

Carol, Steve, Rory, Mary Kay,

And Team FSDP

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