Hip Hop Recording Artist Macklemore Shares a Special Concern For The Addiction Problems Facing Young People Today.
In our meeting with pop star MACKLEMORE to begin a conversation on opioid awareness and prevention. JMFF looks forward to working with MACKLEMORE in the months ahead, and hopes to create a joint public service announcement designed to highlight the need for funding for this epidemic disease.
Together we are working with Lake County Drug Prevention Task Force and law enforcement to provide critical drug take-back boxes throughout Lake County. JMFF’s first box will be installed this month in Knollwood. Drug take-back boxes play a critical role in taking drugs out of medicine cabinets and away from harms’ reach….
HIPAA update incorporated into law signed by Obama
JMFF has worked with lobbyists and legislators to help secure lifesaving changes in HIPAA that were signed into law in July in the Family Mental Health Act. JMFF wording incorporated into law now allows licensed mental health professionals to share the diagnoses, treatment plans, medications and medication related instructions of a patient with a serious mental illness to an identified responsible caregiver if that information is necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the individual or general public. It also allows educational agencies or institutions to disclose an education record to the caregiver of the student if a physician, psychologist, or other recognized mental health professional believes such disclosure to the caregiver is necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of such student or the safety of one or more other individuals. In the addiction fight, immediate notification of any change in a patient’s status is critical. The reality of patients fighting addictions like in Jordan’s case - as many others like him have- died because medical providers failed to notify his parents or doctors that he was in danger. These new changes will prevent further instances...
“We have to start recognizing addiction is a disease. We hope this will help patients come out of the shadows and get on the road to recovery as well. Heroin does not know socio-economics. Heroin does not know ZIP codes.”
DailyNorthShore.com. July 24, 2016
JMFF expands donation of BOTVIN life skills and education program to include District 109 and 112. This donation brings much needed information to all middle school students in the Highland Park, Deerfield, Highwood and Riverwoods communities.
We have earmarked an additional $25k to be used to match donations made towards our Nasal Narcan purchase.
To date, Compass Health has donated $1,000, Vernon Hills EMT’s have pledged $1875, and the Warren-Waukegan Fire District has donated $3,750 – (picture of Philip Runtz presenting ceremonial check)
These donations combined with JMFF’s matching contribution have allowed for the purchase of an additional 353 doses of nasal Narcan – and will save 353 lives!
JMFF is proud to announce its purchase of 1,000 doses of the lifesaving opioid overdose reversal medication Naloxone. Naloxone instantly block opioids from attaching to receptors in the brain and restores breathing - bringing overdose victims back to life.
This purchase, the first of its kind by a private foundation in Illinois, will be distributed to first responders in 65 areas throughout Lake, Cook and DuPage Counties identified by Senator Mark Kirk and Commissioner Richard Boykin as those whose residents are at greatest risk of overdose and death due to opioids. This donation is critical to solving the issue of Chicagoland's dwindling supply, yet rapidly growing demand. It is anticipated that JMFF's contribution will save 500+ lives....and greatly reduce the dangerous current statistic of 1 area death every 3 days.
To help ensure that no local child or individual dies of an opioid overdose, JMFF invites you to please join in our efforts to make sure each first responder arrives fully equipped to save a life. When overdose occurs, the difference between life and death can be measured in minutes. Lives are saved when responders carry Naloxone.
“Naloxone is saving lives across Illinois and should be readily available to help combat the opioid and heroin epidemic,” said Senator Mark Kirk. “With help from the Filler Foundation we have secured enough Narcan to equip every police department in Lake County along with seven departments in suburban Cook with this lifesaving drug.”
Each $100 donation puts Naloxone in the hands of one first responder.
JMFF is proud to match the first $25,000 in donations, so that together we can double the dosage and save 1,000 lives.
Are you enthusiastic and want to get involved? Do you have a passion for helping others and want to join in the fight against opiate abuse and addiction? Consider joining our Junior Board. (need link to a form for contact info)
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