What Happens To The Family?

When A Loved One Dies Of Overdose, What Happens To The Family?

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Guests: Denise Cullen, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Addiction Resource Organization Broken No More and GRASP; Liz Perkins, Advocate for addiction treatment and awareness on byuradio

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I buried my son in 2008.

Jeff died from an overdose when he was only 27. Naloxone could have saved him.

Since his death, I’ve dedicated my life to preventing overdoses, to saving lives. That’s why I’m writing you today.

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After my son died, my husband and I sought out other parents who experienced our loss. We couldn’t believe what we found. More people die from preventable overdoses than car accidents. Overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Please help us save lives.Denise






DPA is responsible for more overdose prevention reforms than any other group in the country. Reforms like 911 Good Samaritan laws that encourage people to call 911 by granting them immunity from prosecution. And reforms like over-the-counter access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone — a measure that could have saved my son.

After Jeff died, my husband and I fought for these reforms in California and eventually won. But there are so many other states that still need reforms, and that’s why we need your support.

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The holidays are always the hardest time of the year for me. My son Jeff was athletic and charming; he was bright, handsome and kind. But he’s no longer with us because he didn’t have access to naloxone.

Every parent has the right and responsibility to protect their children. Naloxone is safe, inexpensive, and has no side effects. It should be available to all who might need it.

Remember, the overdose epidemic does not discriminate. We’re losing at least one hundred people every day in the U.S. alone. It’s up to us to stop this.

No one should have to bury their child. Please help us save lives.



Denise Cullen

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RP 45 Overdose Awareness Day 2015

Date: September 14, 2015
Source: www.recoverypeople.org

On September 14th 2015 RecoveryPeople had a chat with Marilee Odendahl about Overdose Awareness Day in Austin, Tx.

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Grasp Press Release announcing new support groups

Date: October 2, 2015

Author: Stacy Moore BS, CPS, RCS (Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative)

The Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) is eager to announce two new supports groups in Ionia County.  The success of current ICSAI sponsored groups such as: Families Anonymous, Narcotic Anonymous and SMART Recovery has assisted family members, loved ones, people in recovery, etc. cope with addiction and its affects.  Now two new support groups will be available as well. Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing (GRASP) and Ryan’s Friends: Kids healing kids after a loss through addiction/substance use.

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