TAPS Donation Campaign in Honor of Jon Winnefeld Seeks to Help Fight Drug Epidemic
We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful son Jonathan after a long and honorable struggle with the disease of addiction. We do not want Jonathan to pass in vain. We are determined to do whatever we can to help our nation come to grips with this emergency. The solution to the addiction overdose epidemic must be a comprehensive effort along several lines -- if we fail in one line we risk failure in all the others. If we can prevent one family from having to go through what we have experienced, then this effort will be worthwhile.
Accordingly, we have decided call our initiative "SAFE," for "Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic." There are a lot of other efforts out there, and we don't want to compete with them. Our goal is to essentially to help tie them all together . . . through support for other organizations, information resources, outreach, and where appropriate, advocacy. We are currently planning to organize along six lines of operation:
- Public Awareness: Raise the level of awareness of the causes and nature of the disease of addiction, its associated costs, and how to reverse the opioid epidemic.
- Full-Spectrum Prevention: Support research into substance abuse prevention, support prevention programs across the spectrum potential victims, and provide advice to families to prevent addiction in their children.
- Prescription Medicine: Raise awareness of non-addictive pain management methods, support tighter opioid prescription protocols, and support research into non-addictive pain management drugs.
- Law Enforcement & Medical Response: Encourage and support law enforcement efforts to remove illegal drug availability and help prevent overdoses in real-time.
- Treatment & Recovery: Provide resources and advice regarding treatment and recovery options.
- Family Outreach & Support: Provide meaningful advice, assistance, and lessons learned to friends or families with a member who is coping with addiction.
We are drawing closer to finalizing how we will land SAFE -- there is a very good chance it will become an Aspen Institute initiative. Meanwhile, our dear friend Bonnie Carroll, who founded and leads the non-profit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) -- which has done so much for the families of the fallen in our military -- has offered to help. Bonnie has enthusiastically agreed to create a segregated fund within the TAPS organization for the purposes I outline above.
We have no expectation whatsoever that you will donate to this fund. The outreach you have already so lovingly given to us has sustained us in this difficult time, and has made a world of difference.
Thank you so very much for your help. Jonathan was very serious about his recovery, but the demons were too deeply entrenched. However, he made it very clear to us that he wanted to help other young people like himself, and thus would be very grateful for your generosity.
Sandy and Mary Winnefeld
Please contact us at Contact@SAFEproject.us.