Earlier this month I was honored to be in our Nation’s Capital attending the 44th Annual National Jefferson Awards Foundation Ceremony. The Jefferson Awards recognize individuals from across the United States engaged in public service. In the words of Sam Beard, Co-Founder and President, ““the Jefferson Awards are the Noble Prize of Public Service.” I am honored to have been among the 50 individuals chosen to receive an award. For me, this is an opportunity to amplify the message that addiction, as a chronic brain disease, deserves the care and attention provided to other chronic diseases. The experience was incredible. Ordinary people doing extraordinary work to effect change in their communities, and getting acknowledged as such. The Jefferson Awards Foundation treated the honorees with style and class. I am grateful for the experience. And yet I am struck by how much more work must be done.
So many Americans still don’t know the magnitude or pervasiveness of this epidemic. The average person living an unaffected life does not understand addiction and the opioid epidemic. Struggling with addiction/ is still being judged, and considered a tragic experience only affecting others.
Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention Endorses Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain
June 21, 2016 Indianapolis – Today, the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention endorsed a set of opioid and controlled substance prescribing guidelines for emergency departments as part of a larger strategy to combat prescription drug abuse in Indiana. This endorsement is a result of a prior recommendation of the Task Force and action taken by Governor Mike Pence, who directed the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to work with stakeholders to create guidelines for acute pain prescribing.
“Our Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention today takes yet another meaningful stride forward in Indiana’s fight against prescription drug abuse as we roll out new guidelines aimed at curbing overprescribed addictive opioids,” said Governor Pence. “While communities across the Hoosier state and the nation work to address a prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, my administration remains vigilant in addressing the scourge of drug abuse that has brought heartbreak for far too many Hoosier families.”
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Jefferson Awards Foundation Recognizes Indianapolis Volunteers for Philanthropic Work at National Ceremony
Washington, DC, June 15-16, 2016–The Jefferson Awards Foundation, America’s gold seal of public service, will honor this year’s most outstanding public service achievers during its annual gala in Washington, D.C. The events, held in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 15 & 16, 2016, will recognize and celebrate students, grassroots public service individuals, employees and companies making a difference. Honorees include celebrities, public service professionals, entrepreneurs, local heroes and corporations all dedicated to public service.
Grassroots recipients are selected through local media partners in markets throughout the country. Justin Phillips was selected by RTV6. Justin lost her 20-year son Aaron to a heroin overdose in 2013, and she’s determined to prevent similar tragedies. Thanks to her efforts, in 2015 the Indiana Legislature passed "Aaron's Law" which allows anyone to get a prescription for Narcan, the heroin overdose antidote, and to legally administer it. An estimated 1,400 heroin users have been saved by police and emergency medical technicians using Narcan. Justin also created Overdose Lifeline, a nonprofit program that provides free Narcan and training, education and prevention for youth, support for families, and advocacy to address addiction as a healthcare issue, not a criminal justice issue.
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Overdose Lifeline Founder Receives White House Champions of Change Award for Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
Phillips said, “I am very grateful to Senator Donnelly for this nomination. ODL has so much work to do with our current harm reduction, prevention and education programs – reaching more individuals and counties that are in need. As important, we have a specific “to do” list that addresses initiatives critical to reducing/managing this epidemic and helping those impacted. Our “to do” list needs to apply some of the proven, best practices learned from our colleagues in other states.”