For nearly a decade, Moms Against Drugs (M.A.D.) has sought to raise drug abuse awareness through awareness campaigns and walk-a-thons. They also strive to reduce stigma surrounding drug deaths by providing resources and support for community-based awareness events. Founded by Jennifer McKinney, M.A.D. is a national organization dedicated to ending the drug epidemic. They have an active website, which provides information on a variety of drug abuse topics.
Founded in 1989, Moms Against Drugs has been a national movement of mothers-turned-activists working to end drug deaths. The organization is an outgrowth of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving movement, which first launched in the 1980s and influenced drug policy. Although it may be difficult to see how the drug epidemic has spread from one state to another, many mothers who have lost children to drugs are fighting for change.
A mother in the East Bay, Jacqui Berlinn, lost her son Tyler six months ago, and her friend Candace Lightner, who lives in Los Angeles, lost her son Brett to an overdose six months earlier. The two women met through a grieving mother’s group, and it turned out that their sons lived across the hall from each other. Their experiences together inspired them to start an organization to help stop the drug deaths in their community.
The organization is committed to fighting the drug crisis, which is affecting more people. It is committed to ending the drug epidemic by promoting safer and healthier lifestyles for mothers and their children. Their advocacy is backed by scientific evidence that demonstrates that drug treatment is a viable option for many. The program also encourages the use of marijuana and naloxone, which have saved thousands of lives. But while the program may not have the name recognition and money of MADD, it has the conviction and camaraderie to push its cause.
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