One of our clients, Justin Phillips, founder and Executive Director of Overdose Lifeline, Inc., recently was honored by The White House as a Champion of Change. She was nominated by Senator Joe Donnelly and chosen as one of 10 Champions from across the U.S. There were 900 nominations submitted.
Since losing her son, Aaron Sims, 20, to a heroin overdose in 2013, Justin has become a leading voice for Indiana families facing addiction. In 2014, she founded the not-for-profit organization, Overdose Lifeline, Inc. (ODL) – dedicated to reducing the stigma of addiction and preventing deaths resulting from opioid overdose. She worked with Indiana legislators to enact Aaron’s Law in 2015 to expand access to naloxone across Indiana without a physician’s prescription.
As the Executive Director of ODL, Justin is devoted to providing a support network to families impacted by substance abuse disorders, purchasing naloxone and providing educational resources. ODL pioneered an educational program that has touched the lives of over 9,000 Indiana students and is focused on the realities and risks of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use. It has also hosted numerous training and distribution events to provide naloxone to first responders and the general public throughout Indiana.
Senator Donnelly said, “Justin Phillips exemplifies the qualities of a Champion of Change, and this recognition from the White House is well deserved. Justin’s efforts to address the opioid abuse and heroin epidemics, in memory of her son Aaron, are making a difference for families in central Indiana and across the state. It’s going to take all of us—elected officials, doctors, public health experts, law enforcement, and smart, committed Hoosiers like Justin—to effectively combat these epidemics.”
Congratulations Justin. We are proud to work with you. You’ve become a great role model and true champion for others in such a short period of time!