The Opioid Awareness Foundation is committed to the development of innovative educational efforts focused on the prevention and rehabilitation of opioid addiction, and assisting in educating families on the epidemic. What makes Opioid Awareness Foundation unique is our focus and dedication to awareness on a national level, leveraging all platforms of media and events to bring an end to the opioid crisis in America.
Please join us on October 25, 2019 for An Evening To Save Lives at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in support of Victoria’s Voice Foundation, founded by David Siegel (founder of Westgate Resorts).
My wife and I lost our beautiful daughter Victoria to a drug overdose on June 6, 2015. She was only 18. Victoria, or “Rikki,” as she liked us to call her, was the oldest of seven siblings, a recent high school graduate, and a dreamer with a tremendous heart. She had a world of opportunity in front of her.
Our tragic, unimaginable loss has inspired my complete devotion to shining a bright light on a dark issue that has crippled our nation. Through our Victoria’s Voice Foundation, my family is bringing this matter to the national stage, championing specific ways we can reduce drug experimentation, addiction and overdose – we will change the reality of drug addiction in our country.
My singular mission is saving lives so we don’t lose our future generation. I don’t want other families to go through what we went through, to lose what we lost.
My daughter’s life may have been short, but her impact will be tremendous. Victoria’s voice will be heard and lives will be saved.
– David Siegel (President and CEO Westgate Resorts)
Then come and hangout at the Victoria’s Voice, ”Youth Celebration” gathering – An event dedicated to youth, spreading positivity, sharing important life resources and promoting sobriety. Many special guests and performers to be announced. This will be an unforgettable day! Visit www.VYC.eventbrite.com to RSVP!
The scope of the drug-abuse issue is inescapable and touches everyone in our country. An estimated 24.6 million Americans, age 12 or older, have used an illicit drug in the past month.1 This epidemic is particularly detrimental to the lives of our children.
Most people use drugs for the first time as teenagers. Every day, more than 3,600 kids under 18 try an illicit drug for the first time.2 This statistic is terrifying.
In 2014, more than 47,000 Americans died from an overdose, driven by a surge in prescription painkiller (opioid) and heroin abuse. Since 2000, the overdose death rate from opioids has increased a staggering 200 percent.3
Another way to think about it? Almost 130 people die every single day from a drug overdose. It’s a national crisis.
Stand with us as we fight this epidemic that is robbing America of an entire generation.
Working together on a national, state and local level is the best way to solve our country’s drug-addiction epidemic, which leads to 129 overdose victims every day.
Congress appropriated $7.2 billion to address addiction in 2016 through treatment, prevention, recovery, law enforcement and research programs.
You can make your voice heard by contacting your legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as President Trump, to support the recent passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and encourage full appropriation to support this bipartisan measure. CARA is comprehensive legislation that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, support and law enforcement. The Addiction Policy Forum’s “Find Officials” tool at the bottom of the organization’s Advocacy page will help you contact federal officials representing where you live.
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1In 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that, within the past year, 24.6 million people 12 or older (9.4 percent of the population) live with substance dependence or abuse.
22013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
3According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 2014, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States
Opioid Awareness Foundation was founded by Michael A. King, Jr. and is a program of International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation, Inc. – an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN#: 47-5031819).