Call to Action
Our call to action is three-fold:
- In PRIMARY SCHOOLS (middle & high schools) we need to better inform parents, teachers, and students about trauma and mental illness, so we can prevent substance use disorder (SUD). Adverse childhood experiences increase the likelihood of mental health illness and SUD.
- In SECONDARY SCHOOLS (higher education) we are focusing on having boosters & alumni help fund College Recovery Programs (CRPs) at their schools. This year I supported the growth of an innovative College Recovery Program called LIFT at Florida State University.
- We need to reform our current healthcare system by increasing availability, affordability, and access to mental health & addiction treatment programs, including medication assisted treatment by having all stakeholders come together to combat our country’s overdose epidemic, via a harm reduction approach which provides services; such as naloxone, syringe services programs and fentanyl test strips to save lives.
Less than 5% of all two- & four-year colleges have a recovery program and most of them suffer from little participation due to the stigma of addiction. Per the Association of Recovery for Higher Education (ARHE) due to the adverse effects of the pandemic on mental health, substance use disorder (SUD) rates can be as high as 25% at US campuses. CRPs keep students connected, allow them to thrive by graduating with higher GPAs and prepare them to become more service-oriented alumni.
It’s not a war on drugs, it’s a war on demand.
Hi, I’m Mike Ortoll. You would have loved meeting my daughter Christine. She was a beautiful, loving, kind, funny, and athletic young lady. On November 2, 2020, I became a member of a club nobody wants to belong to, parents who lose a child to an overdose of illicit drugs laced with fentanyl.
Just two milligrams of fentanyl, about the size of four grains of salt, is enough to kill an average adult. It’s tasteless and odorless – and now it’s being added to virtually every street drug out there. You don’t need to be an addict to overdose from fentanyl. It can and does happen to people trying drugs for the very first time.
My connection to our daughter, remains stronger than ever, following her overdose death through Our Charity and Addiction/Recovery related Documentary Film “One Second at a Time” as we have transformed our loss through service work.