Every day, 128 Americans die of an opioid overdose, 1 out of 3 were from legally prescribed medications.
On October 20th, 2019 , Peter Bals, found his son, David Michael, lying on the sofa in their living room. He looked so peaceful that Peter thought he had fallen asleep watching TV. But Peter soon realized David Michael was not with us anymore. He died of an accidental opioid drug overdose, from pills that were legitimately prescribed and dispensed to him. Tragically, this story is all too common.
Today, opioid misuse, addiction and overdose deaths has led the President to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. Few people have not been touched by this crisis through the struggles of friends or loss of loved ones.
Despite his young age, David Michael had the rare ability to positively touch others’ lives. It is in this spirit we created David Michael Foundation.
Our goal is to turn personal tragedy into a positive purpose.
Through David Michael’s legacy we hope to prevent other accidental prescription drug deaths and significantly impact the opioid epidemic's reach. We are focused on three goals:
1. Empowering individuals, treatment providers, and communities to prevent opioid misuse and overdose through technological advancement
2. Ending the culture of fear and misinformation surrounding addiction, which often presents a barrier to treatment for those in need
3. Providing support for those struggling with addiction through advocacy and financing of treatment
This year, we are raising funds for a Naloxone education & distribution program at schools in the Miami, New York City & Long Island area.
For those who don't know, Naloxone is a non-addictive, life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when administered in time. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
While naloxone has saved countless lives through programs that equip medical first responders and law enforcement groups, it is also important for community members to be aware and equipped with life-saving naloxone administration kits. This is particularly important in communities where EMS may take some time to arrive.
When Naloxone is on hand, it can stop an overdose and save lives.
A life-saving law took effect in 2006 making it legal in New York State for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone to another individual to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal. Friends, family members, and others in the community may give naloxone to someone who has overdosed without fear of "getting in trouble" themeselves.
Individuals who are at risk for an overdose or their family members may acquire naloxone without a prescription through a standing order at over 2000 pharmacies in NY State.
One prescription costs as little as $40.
David Michael Foundation is dedicated to educating communities about the use of naloxone and distributing kits to families with members struggling with opioid abuse or addiction. We know this can save lives.
Will you help us?
100% of funds will go directly towards educational materials, advertising for the Naloxone program, and helping those in need obtain a Naloxone prescription. Please consider giving to our cause, no amount is too small!
The DMF Team
*Please note, Naloxone does not condone or enable opioid abuse. Opioid addiction is a disease, and Naloxone can prevent it from being fatal while those in need are working on recovery. Good Samaritan Laws exist in many states for Naloxone use but not in every one. In the event of an overdose, these policies protect the victim and the person seeking medical help for the victim from drug possession charges. Learn more about access and use laws for Naloxone in your community at Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention System website.