Justin Phillips – #VoicesofJAF
July 21, 2016 by mitchellcohen
I feel blessed to have this opportunity to save another family from the experience I had and to voice that addiction can be treated like the chronic disease it is.
Justin Phillips has dedicated her life to the memory of her son Aaron, who died at the age of 20 after battling heroin addiction. She founded Overdose Lifeline to battle the stigma surrounding addiction and to save lives from opioid overdoses.
In June, she represented RTV-6 as the overall Jefferson Award winner from Central Indiana.
Over the last two years Overdose Lifeline has made a tremendous impact by educating people that addiction is a chronic disease, distributing naloxone, an opiate antidote, and offering training on how to administer it. As of July 1st, it is now available over the counter throughout Indiana.
To date, the organization has provided over 5,000 naloxone kits and talked to 9,000 students about the dangers of opioid experimentation. For her efforts, Justin was invited to the White House as a “Champion of Change.” Overdose Lifeline has also been chosen by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office in a statewide project to distribute naloxone and provide training to first responders.
She says, “I feel blessed to have this opportunity to save another family from the experience I had and to voice that addiction can be treated like the chronic disease it is.”
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