Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart delivered remarks about his efforts in Congress to address the opioid and fentanyl crises. Many Members of Congress, current and retired, joined the large crowd of MAPDA supporters to recognize the Congressman for his leadership.
Emmy Award winning anchor and journalist Karen Devine is a part of the DNA of MAPDA. It was Karen's idea to connect some mothers who lost a child to an overdose with Congresswoman Mary Bono. From that meeting, MAPDA was founded. Karen won an Emmy for a news segment she produced that discussed the worsening opioid epi
Riverside County, California, Assistant District Attorney John Aki was on hand to receive an award on behalf of District Attorney Mike Hestrin. Mike has a very strong record of prosecuting fentanyl dealers.
At our California awards reception, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco received a MAPDA award for his strong leadership addressing the opioid and fentanyl epidemic sweeping every community in America.
We presented one of our Humanitarian Awards to Senator Shelly Moore Capito (WV) for her outstanding leadership on the issues that matter to us the most.
We presented our second Humanitarian Award to Congressman Dave Joyce (OH) for his outstanding leadership in the House of Representatives and his many bold legislative successes.
“The true warriors are the mothers and family members who endure the immense challenges associated with SUD and hold onto hope for their loved ones."
- Congressman Hal Rogers
MAPDA at the La Quinta Health Fair.
" The opioid epidemic has mostly been a silent, hidden killer. It's not a topic that many families wish to discuss. In law enforcement, we see families devastated as a result or prescription drug overdoses. Our Department works tirelessly with our youth to help prevent addiction, but we simply cannot do it alone. Those parents who have either lost a child to an overdose or have struggled with all that comes with parenting someone who is in the grips of an active addiction need our support...
I am proud to work with leaders like Congresswoman Mary Bono, Stacie Mathewson, and many others who take action and fight this problem at the root by preventing opioid addiction before it starts and supporting kids who have regained sobriety. Our nation's youth are at the forefront of this crisis and it's the work of many, like MAPDA, who truly make a difference...
As a father, I am thankful for groups like MAPDA who work around the clock to protect our youth."
- Chad Bianco
Riverside County Sheriff
We provided a $5,000 grant to the Women's Resource Center of Durango, Colorado. The grant was used to support women who are in recovery from a substance use disorder.