December 2022

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Happy Holidays from the Drug Awareness Foundation!

Hello Juli,

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We've accomplished a lot since our family started the Drug Awareness Foundation on May 10, 2022. Our first newsletter brings you updates about our ad campaigns, information about Tyler's Law, events we have held, and places we have spoken. Please consider a tax deductible year-end donation to help us keep raising awareness and preventing deaths.

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Outdoor Ad Campaign

Our latest campaign includes street-level advertising near schools and shopping districts, bus ads, and a full-size billboard. Click the button below to see all of our ads.

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Tyler's Law

On August 22nd we got the great news that Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB864 into law. It was eleven months of getting an author, meeting with various hospital association lobbyists, presenting to the California Emergency Nurses Association, our testifying twice in Sacramento, and getting friends and family to call in and write letters of support. It will go into effect January 1, 2023. Had it been common practice back in October of 2018 to do a separate toxicology screen for fentanyl, or had the emergency room doctor known that their standard opioid test does not test for fentanyl, Tyler might be alive today. We are confident that this bill will save lives and spare others the heartache of losing a loved one. We believe that fentanyl testing should be common practice in emergency rooms in every state, and we are trying to get Tyler's Law passed federally.

Our First Event

Our first event was a big success. On August 21st we partnered with the nonprofit End Overdose to have a booth at The Melrose Trading Post. We gave out information about fentanyl-poisoned drugs, explained what Narcan is and the importance of everyone carrying it, and where to get Narcan and fentanyl testing strips. We had over 100 people stop by the booth.

Speaking Engagements

On October 21st we were invited to be the Spotlight Speaker at the Beverly Hills Unified School District meeting. It was televised, so we were able to reach a wider audience than those who attended in person. We followed that by speaking to students at Beverly Hills High School, to parents and students at Hidden Hills Community Center and at an Israeli-American Council meeting, at Meridian World Charter School in Texas, Carson Medical Charter School, and to over 130 parents of Santa Monica Unified School District. Upcoming speaking engagements include Santa Monica High School, Harvard Westlake High School, Fairfax High School, Century Community Charter School and Poly Prep Country Day School in New York. We continue to raise awareness at UT Austin by speaking to fraternities and sororities and distributing Narcan and fentanyl testing strips.

Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA's) Family Summit

Drug Awareness Foundation was fortunate to be invited to participate in the DEA’s Family Summit in Yorba Linda, CA. We got to meet many other parents in person who have also become advocates to raise awareness and prevent opioid deaths. We also learned about what the DEA is doing to try to make a dent in the opioid crisis.

International Overdose Awareness Day

For the third year in a row, we partnered with Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz in order to light up L.A. City Hall, LAX, and Beverly Hills City Hall purple on August 31st, for Overdose Awareness Day.

Drug Awareness Foundation

EIN 88-2017507

9701 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1000

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Phone: 310-387-7500

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Thank you for your continued support!

Juli, Charles, Alexandra,

and Griffin Shamash