Call to Action

Our call to action is three-fold:


First
, we will provide better substance use disorder (SUD) information to parents, teachers, and students in middle and high schools across the country.

Secondly, at the college level, we are focusing on having boosters & alumni help fund Recovery Programs at their schools.  This year I joined three of my fraternity brothers to support the growth of an innovative College Recovery Program called LIFT at Florida State University.

Just 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 20-25% at campuses in the US.

And third… after 38 years of working in the insurance industry I would like to address the following reform in collaboration with my peers.  Insurance companies must adapt to provide more affordable evidence-based treatment with their provider networks to combat mental illness and recommend the most viable treatment, especially for those persons afflicted with opioid use disorder (OUD).

To bring awareness to our charity we have begun shooting a powerful feature documentary called, “ONE SECOND AT A TIME”.  The film will share lessons learned, provide hope through inspirational stories of redemption, and provide education from top industry experts to combat the nationwide epidemic of fentanyl.

I am asking for your help to donate to our cause and to deliver this film to as many people as possible so we can make a difference as Christine would have wanted! Join me as I take the fight to the source.

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.

If You've Ever Lost a Child, Watch This - Dr. Shefali