Monthly Archives: July 2016

Our Ginger

Submitted by: Sharon Etchemendy
Born: 1993
Died: 2015
My Tribute: Our amazing son struggled with depression and learning disabilities. But in spite of all his physical and emotional challenges he had a determined heart. An accomplished motocross racer and executive chef, he was full of love, and cared for everyone around him. Tim didn't have a long battle with drug addiction but it only took one time, one distrustful friend who gave Tim drugs that he adversely reacted to. Our world has been shattered. This didn't have to happen. We are losing our children needlessly.

International Overdose Awareness Vigil – 2016


International Overdose Awareness Vigil Time to Remember. Time to Act.

   We invite you to join GRASP & A New PATH as we remember and honor individuals who have lost their lives to overdose, and to the failed war on drugs.

When: Sunday, August 28, 2016

5:00 – 7:00pm

Where: Huntington Beach Pier

103 Pacific Coast Hwy

                                                            Huntington Beach, CA 92648

5:00pm – Gather at entrance of Pier

                                                              5:30pm – Press conference

6:00pm – Walk Pier and Remembrances

6:30pm – Candlelight vigil and return to gathering spot

Accidental fatal overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S., and the leading cause of death among people who use drugs around the world. 129 people are dying each day in the U.S. from accidental overdose. We encourage sensible solutions such as increased access to overdose reversal medication naloxone & implementing Good Samaritan 911 policies.

Join GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing), A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) San Diego and Los Angeles, Broken No More, Moms United to End the War on Drugs, The Drug Policy Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Center for Living and Learning, Paso Por Paso,NORML Women’s Alliance, Orange County Needle Exchange Program and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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My Shuggy

Submitted by: Tammy Reeves
Born: 1990
Died: 2015
My Tribute: My beautiful daughter, Ammie Nicole Dorris, my only child. Shuggy was a beautiful light in this world and my life will never be the same without her. She was clean almost 16 months and had 1 fatal relapse. Why or why did this have to happen. You will be forever missed and loved through eternity. Mom

As need grows for painkiller overdose treatment, companies raise prices


Source: LA Times
Author: Melody Peterson
Date: July, 17th 2016

Aimee Dunkle began helping to distribute the drug naloxone -- the life-saving antidote to prescription painkiller overdoses -- after her son died. Ben Dunkle, 20, was with three people when he overdosed in 2012, she said. She believes he would be alive today if they had naloxone.

“They panicked,” Dunkle said, “and dumped him in a parking lot.”

Naloxone works by blocking the effect that painkillers and heroin have in the brain and reversing the slowed breathing and unconsciousness that come with an overdose.

The Solace Foundation in Orange County, the group that Dunkle co-founded, says the drug has been used since February to reverse 128 overdoses that otherwise probably would have been fatal.

But as the demand for naloxone has risen -- overdose deaths now total 130 every day, or roughly the capacity of a Boeing 737 -- the drug’s price has soared.

Not long ago, a dose of the decades-old generic drug cost little more than a dollar. Now the lowest available price is nearly 20 times that.

Click here to read the article online.

Address drug abuse

Date:July 17, 2016

With fatal drug overdoses at a 10-year high in O.C., it is important to take the time to reevaluate our approach to drug abuse and tackle the harms of such abuse through evidence-based practices proven to save lives.

According to reporting by the Register, at least 400 people lost their lives last year due to drug overdoses. More than two-thirds of the overdoses last year were tied to opioids.

Given the tremendous stigma around drug use and abuse, it is often too difficult for people with substance abuse problems to reach out for help. Ingrained and institutionalized attitudes against drug use have in turn left few resources beyond the criminal justice system to actually assist those in need.

Fortunately, this has slowly begun to shift in O.C. Some county sheriff’s deputies have begun to carry naloxone, a drug which can be administered via injection or nasal spray and reverse opioid overdoses. Communities across the country have proven that equipping police and other first-responders with naloxone can save lives.

In light of the growing trend of fatal overdoses, it is imperative that this become the norm in O.C. But beyond police and first-responders, it is vital that at-risk populations be given greater access to the drug in the first place.

Towards this end, the Solace Foundation of Orange County, founded by Aimee Dunkle and Margie Fleitman, who each lost a child to drug overdoses, have actively distributed hundreds of naloxone kits that have revived over 100 people from overdoses. The group has run low on their supply of naloxone, but recently received 200 naloxone nasal spray kits from Adapt Pharma, which should last about five weeks, according to Ms. Dunkle.

“The most important thing is providing it to the most vulnerable,” said Ms. Dunkle. “It’s about opening dialogue with those with active drug users.”

The Solace Foundation works together with the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, started in February as the county’s first and only program where injection drug users may turn in used needles for clean ones. The program operates on Saturdays at 12 p.m. in the plaza behind City Hall in Santa Ana.

Such programs have proven effective in cities like San Francisco and countries like Taiwan to not only reduce the risk of chronic, communicable diseases like hepatitis and HIV, but also to connect drug users to social services and drug treatment.

But the Solace Foundation and the OCNEP can’t do it alone. There must be a greater effort in the county to address the harms of drug abuse before more fatalities occur.

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Lily Dooly

Submitted by: Sarah Dooly
Born: 1988
Died: 2016
My Tribute: Lily Dooly... daughter, sister, aunt, best friend... yes Lily did drugs but that was secondary to all of those roles that she played. And Lily was sober... even with her chronic pain from medical reasons, she was sober... and then one night she wasn't. I look around at all of the people that love her and only pray that she even remotely understood her impact on this world. On top of my sadness of losing my best friend I sit here Then the family that she left behind. And then I am angry... how could she have been so reckless with their hearts... she's fine now but they are not... I am not... my kids... her neices are not... but then I remember as a recovering addict myself... we all wanted the same things... including Lily... our demons are always there and sometimes they win... that does not negate the work Lily did and how strong she was... Lily was sober... Lily was strong... Lily was loved... Lily.......

Mark W Walsh

Submitted by: Sarah (marks girlfriend)
Born: 1983
Died: 2016
My Tribute: Mark was the love of my life. He battled these demons for many many years. He had just done 30 days in Cali for rehab and came back in time for my birthday. He was so happy and healthy. 2 days after being home he was getting high again. 11 days after being home he was found dead of an over dose in my bedroom all by himself. I myself struggle with this disease and he is now my guardian angel. I will do this for him because I know that's what he wants from me. I miss him everyday. I hope this epidemic will come to an end so no one else has to loose a child, husband, wife, brother, sister, significant other, friend or anyone. rip babe I love you.

Brian Ray

Submitted by: Theresa williams
Born: 1979
Died: 2012
My Tribute: Loving Son, husband and father, brother and friend to many. We miss his smiles,
humor and laughter and jokes. Always there when someone needed him. Worked up to the day he died while bravely fighting cancer and addiction. Suffer he did from the ravages of cancer, Oxy became his only friend and ultimately took his life at age 33. His epithet reads: Love Lives On and Nothing Beautiful is Ever Forgotten. May he rest in peace knowing he is loved and never forgotten.

Jonathon Copeland

Submitted by: Katheryn Donica
Born: 1992
Died: 2014
My Tribute: You were the reason we smiled and laughed. I will never stop loving you. I am only glad for one thing. That you are no longer hurting. You are free of all your pain. I love you to Jupiter and back, a million times.