Call to Action

Our call to action is three-fold:

, we need to better inform parents, teachers, students, and pediatricians about the cause and dangers of substance use disorder (SUD) in middle and high schools across the country so we can prevent addiction.

Secondly, in 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.

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 campuses in the US.

These recovery communities keep students connected, allow them to graduate with higher GPAs and prepare them to become more service oriented alumni.

And third… we need to reform our current healthcare system to improve treatment for mental health and addiction.

Government via its Medicaid program, private health insurance companies and addiction
facilities must be able to provide more affordable evidence-based treatment to save lives.

In addition, we must train our doctors and other healthcare professionals to better understand and treat addiction.

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

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.

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