IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT OVERDOSE

David Michael Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing prescription drug overdose and combating the opioid epidemic.

Our Challenge

The American Opioid Epidemic

Every day, 128 die in America of an opioid overdose. Even more alarming, 1 out of 3 opioid overdoses were from legally prescribed medications[1]. Today, opioid misuse, addiction and overdose deaths has led the President to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.

Most Americans do not have the financial capability to pay for recommended addiction and substance abuse treatment out-of-pocket. These individuals need guidance and support on how to prevent addiction and overdose, gain access to treatment programs and maintain recovery afterwards. David Michael Foundation is a program in direct response to the growing number of people that need this support.

Our Mission

Combating The Crisis

The complexities of “solving” the opioid crisis can be summed up in one question: How do we decrease opioid addiction while still humanely and ethically treating the millions of people who need prescription opioids to manage chronic pain?

We believe the answer lies in addressing the nexus of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

David Michael Foundation’s goal is to (1) provide support for those in need to gain treatment and (2) limit prescription opioids to their intended uses and intended users, preventing the tragic loss of life from opioid overdose deaths.

Our Plan

Preventing The Tragedy of Overdose

David Michael Foundation is focused on three goals:

1. Empowering individuals, treatment providers, and communities to prevent opioid misuse and overdose through technological advancement

2. Ending the culture of fear and misinformation surrounding addiction, which often presents a barrier to treatment for those in need

3. Providing support for those struggling with addiction through advocacy and financing of treatment

130+

People died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses ( estimated )

10.3 M

People misused prescription opioids in 2018

808,000

People used heroin in 2018

2 M

People had an opioid use disorder in 2018

47,600

People died from overdosing on opioids

81,000

People used heroin for the first time

15,349

Deaths attributed to overdosing on heroin (in 12-month period ending February 2019)

2 M

People misused prescription opioids for the first time

32,565

Deaths attributed to overdosing on synthetic opioids other than methadone (in12-months period ending February 2019)

Sources

  1.  2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Mortality in the United States. 2018
  2. NCHS Data Brief No. 329, November 2018
  3. NCHS, National Vital Statistics System. Estimates for 2018 and 2019 are based on provisional data

Updated October 2019. For more information, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/opioids/

To combat the opioid crisis, in 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its five-point Opioid Strategy, listing the five following priorities:

  1. Improve access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services
  2. Target the availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs
  3. Strengthen public health data reporting and collection
  4. Support cutting-edge research on addiction and pain
  5. Advance the practice of pain management