The Origin Story:
“Everyone Goes Home”
The Opioid Free American Foundation (“TheOFAF”) was started by firefighters who grew tired of witnessing the horror of opioid addiction and overdose, first hand. Many Americans know someone who has suffered from opioid addiction or overdose. No parent wants to see their child suffering from a painful injury, and opioid addiction often starts with an innocent, well-intentioned prescription. Anyone can succumb to addiction, but teens and young adults are most susceptible to its unyielding grasp. The stigma of addiction, abuse, and overdose causes family and friends to stay silent, when it is most important to share their story.
Opioids, when used correctly and under careful supervision, can be safe. Therefore, the mission of TheOFAF is to raise awareness about opioid addiction, educating everyone about its potential for addiction. That is why our are programs and publications are geared toward education and awareness for parents, children, teens, and young adults.
“Everyone Goes Home” is a saying in the fire service, it is also the motto and hope of our team. This includes the first responder, the family, and the victim. Together, we can stop the opioid epidemic, and our team will never have to respond to an opioid overdose again.
Prevention through Education and Awareness
At TheOFAF, we believe that the only sure way to end the opioid epidemic is to stop addiction before it starts, with awareness and education. Together we can end the opioid epidemic.
Junior High School (6th – 8th Grade)
Youth and early teenagers need to understand the dangers of Opioids before peer pressure leads them down a dangerous path. This informational session and materials are designed to lay a foundation for wise decision making.
The dangers of opioid addiction are displayed in a way that teenagers will understand. The material is more mature and graphic, showing the ugly truth of opioid addiction.
College students, many of whom are away from home for the first time, may be tempted to experiment with opioids and other drugs. Many of these young, socially-active adults long to change the world for the better. Opioid Free America will work with university clubs, national fraternities and sororities to build awareness using programs and events geared toward them.
Adults are not immune to the addictive effects of opioids, while being concerned for their children. Our programs for adults are designed to educate parents on addiction avoidance, and spotlight the physical and emotional signs of opioid use.