Justin Phillips and nine other individuals were selected from more than 900 nominations to receive the “Champions of Change” award at the White House today. Senator Joe Donnelly nominated Justin for the recognition for her continued work in the fight against Indiana’s opioid abuse and heroin epidemics.
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.”
As the Executive Director of ODL, Phillips is devoted to providing a support network to families impacted by substance abuse disorders, purchasing naloxone and providing educational resources. ODL pioneered an educational program that has touched the lives of over 9,000 Indiana students and is focused on the realities and risks of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use. It has also hosted numerous training and distribution events to provide naloxone to first responders and the general public throughout Indiana.
“Justin and Overdose Lifeline have been very, very busy. Last year they worked with Indiana legislators to pass a bill ensuring that more family members and friends of people addicted to opioids can have the lifesaving drug naloxone. The law which was signed by the Governor last April is named Aaron’s law.” - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Ms. Enomoto asked the panel ”With the negative attitudes and the perceptions that our country still struggles with around substance use disorder and addiction, many people hesitate to seek services or to reach out. How have you each found strength and found power in sharing your stories with people and communities?”
Ms. Enomoto asked the panel ”People need the full spectrum of treatment options as well as recovery support. There are lots of stories of people going to detox, going to rehabs, coming back out, but falling back into the trap of addiction. How can we help people sustain their recovery?”
Justin, ever-so-grateful to Senator Donnelly for the #WHCHAMPS nomination. Justin and her lovely family at the White House. Justin with Justin Luke Reilly, CEO/President of Young People In Recovery (YPR) – a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on creating recovery-ready communities throughout the nation for young people in or seeking recovery.
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