September 16th, San Francisco, CA - Overdose Lifeline (ODL), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities affected by the disease of addiction and substance use disorder and leading creative advertising agency, Venables Bell & Partners, have announced today the launch of #ChooseEmpathy. This new movement aims to create a greater understanding of the truths around addiction as well as to remove the social stigmas that surround those affected by the disease.
Results indicate that the youth program is able to significantly increase youths’ understanding of the risks associated with prescription pain pills; the similarity between heroin and prescription pain pills; and youths’ awareness of the purpose of naloxone.
Overdose Lifeline, a 501©(3) not-for-profit organization in Indianapolis, Indiana, that is dedicated to education, prevention and harm reduction efforts in response to the opioid crisis, had just released the findings from a study of their educational program, This is (Not) About Drugs (TINAD.)
Watch Overdose Lifeline Executive Director Justin Phillips presentation "I Am a Phoenix" from the TEDxIndianaUniversity October 2018 event. This years event theme is "From Ashes We Rise". TEDxIndianaUniversity is a conference to be held at Indiana University Bloomington on October 12th that brings together innovative thinkers from across the university and larger community to explore ideas for our collective future.
Indiana Non-Profit Overdose Lifeline, Inc. Provides Testimony at the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis
Indianapolis, Indiana: Overdose Lifeline, Inc. founder and executive director Justin Phillips was invited to provide testimony at the November 1, 2017 President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis by Chairman and Governor Chris Christie. For an organization that has been on the front lines of the opioid public health crisis since 2014 – the opportunity to participate in the Commission’s final hearing is further evidence of the importance of the organization’s past accomplishments and outcomes and the mountain of work ahead.
In three short years Overdose Lifeline has:
Overdose Lifeline's Executive Director and Founder Justin Phillips was invited to provide testimony at the final hearing of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. What follows is Justin's testimony.
Thank you, Governor Christie, for the invitation to join the Commission today. Your leadership has been inspiring to me in my journey. Thank you each for agreeing to take on this complex issue. Americans are suffering and as you are aware losing the battle every day.
My name is Justin Phillips and I am the mother of three children Bryan, Aaron and Audrey. Tragically I am here today because Aaron, at the early age of 20, overdosed on heroin in October of 2013 and lost his life.
My professional career was spent preventing unintentional injuries and deaths and I had a masters in nonprofit management so when I became faced with this life altering experience I knew what had to be done.
Donnelly, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Workforce Shortage to Confront Opioid Epidemic
Strengthening the Addiction Treatment Workforce Act would provide incentives for providers to practice at substance use disorder treatment facilities in underserved areas.
Thursday, June 29, 2017, as announced from Senator Joe Donnelly's office
Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced today that they introduced the Strengthening the Addiction Treatment Workforce Act (S.1453). Their bipartisan legislation would help address the shortage of providers who treat people battling substance use disorders by making addiction treatment facilities eligible for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) student loan repayment and forgiveness program.
This bill would allow mental health and addiction treatment facilities to expand the number of health care providers including nurses, social workers, counselors, psychologists, and therapists, who care for people struggling with substance use disorders. The National Health Service Corps facilitates recruitment and training aimed at increasing the availability of primary care services to populations in underserved areas. In Indiana, there are 59 counties that are considered underserved for primary care and 52 counties underserved for mental health care, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Donnelly said, “We need more substance use and addiction professionals on the frontlines to help Hoosiers and Americans across the country battling addiction to opioids or other dangerous substances. This bipartisan legislation would increase the number of providers trained to help people get the treatment they need, and I am proud to work with Senator Murkowski on this effort. As I have long said, it is going to take all of us working together to effectively combat the opioid abuse epidemic, and while we are making some progress, we still have a lot of work to do.”