Gary and Denise Cullen, Founders of Broken No More and President and Vice President of GRASP: Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing were honored by A New Path: Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing at the 8th Annual 'Strut for Sobriety' - a Fashion show and fundraising gala at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina on September 8, 2012. The Cullens were honored for their work in reducing the stigma associated with addictive illness.
Denise and Gary Cullen are interviewed by the Drug Policy Alliance about the loss of their son Jeff Cullen to an accidental overdose, the epidemic level of the overdose crisis in California and the 911 Good Samaritan Bill they helped pass through the legislature. This bill allows for someone in the presence of another experiencing an overdose to call for help without fear of arrest or prosecution for paraphernalia, being intoxicated, or possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use. This limited immunity applies to only the person calling and the person experiencing an overdose. This will save countless lives in California to preventable fatal drug overdoses - the #1 cause of accidental injury deaths, surpassing even motor vehicle accidents. The bill was signed by Governor Brown and enacted January 1, 2013. California follows 10 other states in implementing this law. The interview was originally taped on March 2nd, 2012
Denise Cullen will be interviewed on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Monday, April 15th on the topic of Drug Penalties: Do harsher jail sentences deter people from using drugs. Although Mr. O'Reilly may believe this to be true, those who have gone through a lose know better.
The interview will air 8pm/11pm EST, 5pm/8pm PST.
Click here to see and hear the Testimony Note: Once on that page, be sure to select the "AB-831 Drug overdoses. Bloom" from the video options on the left.