Dear Friends -
I am taking this opportunity to share with you the many achievements of The Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation during the last five years and to advise you of our future path. As many of you know, the founding of this agency was a very personal quest of mine after the death of my son, Corey, to a drug overdose. In Corey's memory, the mission of TOPAC "to prevent and reduce overdose deaths" has been achieved many times over. Yet, in our communities, workplaces, treatment settings and with family and friends much remains to be done to give those affected with the disease of addiction a chance to embrace recovery.
Looking back, due to dedicated volunteers, staff, leadership, and many of you, TOPAC provided over 4,250 individuals with education regarding The Overdose Prevention Act and training in the administration of overdose reversal medications.
In 2018, alone TOPAC held 97 educational and training sessions to individuals, law enforcement groups, employers, treatment providers and educators. TOPAC ventured into several new sectors providing education and training to K-9 handlers, the construction industry and incarceration settings.
I am proud of our accomplishments and the way our mission changed the course of so many lives.
Now TOPAC is facing a challenge. As a very small non-profit, TOPAC competes for qualified staff, funding and a way to effectively deliver mission services in a larger market place with limited resources. That competition has put TOPAC at a disadvantage. For example, TOPAC has never been able to secure a contract for services from either local or state government agencies. Our ability to remain a viable organization is at jeopardy.
I am reaching out to you to ask for your assistance.
I need your help to identify a setting that TOPAC could carry on. With a partner, through merger or affiliation, TOPAC could conceivably continue to fulfill the mission that is so desperately needed. I realize that any change in structure may require lengthy discussions, negotiations and flexibility. Without a partner, TOPAC faces an uncertain future. This future will leave a vacancy in the ability to serve the most vulnerable.
I am very proud of what has been accomplished and saddened at the prospect of letting it go.
Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Founded in 2014, TOPAC is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to educating community members about the Overdose Prevention Act and providing training in the administration of the overdose reversal medication Naloxone.
TOPAC actively promotes the reversal of overdoses with individuals, families, school personnel, law enforcement groups and other professionals through education and training.
Okay, I am not a St. Bernard (thank goodness)! And yeah I'm not at the foot of a snow covered mountain. The message is what is important. Evzio Naloxone is available to reverse overdoses from opiates. The TOPAC web page will give you the information you need to learn about training opportunities. I love my daddy!
I saw a need to help families who were struggling silently in their homes as they witnessed how drug addiction destroyed their families. As a social worker, I felt the need to address the social problem which plagued every community across the country. I was not immune, no different from the next mom as my son had a substance abuse disorder and struggled years before getting the appropriate help needed...