My name is Danielle and I am the founder of Together We're S.O.A.R.N., which is acronym for Stopping. Opioid. Addiction. Right. Now. And this is the story how this organization came about...
On March 2, 2015, my cousin, Donnie, passed from an opioid overdose, at the age of 32 years old. He was extremely intelligent, well- mannered, and athletic, as he was always involved in different sports throughout the year. However, what we didn't know was that he had turned to drugs as a way to cope with the anxiety of everyday life and in his words: "feel normal".
His sudden death devastated my family, but since then, my aunt and uncle have been working towards turning this tragic event into a learning opportunity for young people and their parents, so that they can help other families spot early warning sides and have access to help, if necessary.
They have inspired me so much, that I have decided to start this organization, in order to ensure that children as early as middle school are aware of the effects of these drugs. In the United States alone, 175 lives are taken every single day, solely due to drug overdoses . It is my mission to educate and inform teens across America on how detrimental drugs are to us, and how we must band together and pledge to SOAR!
When you pledge to SOAR, it means that you accept the challenge to rise up against the pressures of society and join the fight towards ending the deadliest opioid epidemic in history. Through this pledge, you are taking a stand against opioids/ drugs and helping to educate children and teens across the country about the dangers and lasting effects, which will ultimately help make monumental moves in putting an end to the opioid crisis.
After all, we're stronger TOGETHER!
In 2016, 1 in 5 deaths among young adults were related to opioids.
Over half of young adults who misused prescription opioids got them from a friend or family member.
Dependence on opioid drugs can happen after just 5 days of using.
In 2017, 10.3 million young adults used prescription drugs.
Every 11 minutes, someone in America dies from an opioid overdose.
All 50 states, including the District of Columbia, have implemented some form of the Good Samaritan Law. This law varies between states lines, depending on jurisdiction, however each one generally provides basic legal protection for those who assist a person who has been injured or or is in danger. The "Good Samaritan" is protected from liability if unintended consequences occur, as a result of their assistance.
WITH THAT BEING SAID...
If you happen to be at a party and you see that someone is passed out or unresponsive, most likely due to the consumption of drugs and/ or alcohol... DO NOT HESITATE to Call 911!
You could just be saving a life...