Our advocacy focuses on combating the stigma around substance use disorders. This disease affects everyone in some way, shape or form. We want to change the conversation to one of hope and recovery rather than shame and denial.

Prevention Works. Every dollar spent on prevention saves society $18.

Hanley Foundation is partnering with other key influencers on local, state, and national levels to help shatter the stigmas associated with addiction. Hanley Foundation is taking a key role with our community partners to advocate positive changes and reduce the number of opioid and heroin-related deaths by being involved in the Palm Beach County Drug Force, the Heroin Task Force, and the Sober Home Task Force.

Our reach is broad and impactful. We have speakers available to address groups in all 15 of the counties we serve: Palm Beach, Broward, Clay, Baker, St. Johns, Flagler, Alachua, Putnam, Citrus, Levy, Lee, Hendry, Glades, Manatee and Charlotte. Martha Putnam is our Prevention Coordinator of adult programs for Palm Beach and Broward counties. Our Prevention Specialist for youth and our LifeSkills trainer in Palm Beach and Broward counties is Diamond Howard. Our Prevention Coordinator for the Northeast Region including Alachua and Putnam counties is Christopher Glymph. Our Prevention Coordinator for youth and adults in Southwest Florida including Hendry, Glades, Lee and Charlotte counties is Kevin Mace.

We have all seen the devastation caused in our Florida communities by the opioid epidemic. In 2016, there were 590 overdose deaths in Palm Beach County. This number was an all-time high and nearly twice that of 2015. Last year, every 15 hours someone in Palm Beach County died of an opioid overdose, nearly double the rate of death due to fatal car crashes and murders. Nationwide, overdoses are the number one cause of death for people under age 50.

Treatment Works and people do recover. For every dollar spent on treatment, it saves society $7.

The number of opioid prescriptions in the U.S. has quadrupled since 1991, and 80 percent of heroin users started with an opioid prescription. Many teens who misuse prescription drugs got them from the medicine cabinets in their homes. We hear stories all the time about kids who started using prescription painkillers due to sports injuries or wisdom tooth extractions. As part of our advocacy initiative, Hanley Foundation is working with medical providers and paraprofessionals to make three days worth of pain relievers the norm, rather than 30 days.

It’s time to get this news to lawmakers and decision makers. It’s time to take action.

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For more information about Hanley Foundation, email or call: 561-268-2355.