Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

From Peter Bals

I am raising money to prevent and help recover patients from Opioid addiction. Donations will go towards development of AI-based technology to support patients in their journey post-treatment and prevent relapse.

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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

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