Families for Sensible Drug PolicyIn the spirit of bringing families and communities together, FSDP is delighted to announce our collaboration with pioneer and visionary Tony Trimingham of Australia to bring his model of Family Drug Support to the United States. As many of you may know, Tony lost his vibrant and beloved son Damien to drug overdose in 1997 and was inspired to create a new paradigm of support with the family’s needs in mind. Open to everyone, this non-judgmental program has been widely acclaimed and provides opportunities for family members to meet in a non-judgmental, safe environment to talk, listen and share their journeys.
As the founders of FSDP Barry Lessin and I are committed to serving the needs of our families by honoring the legacy of those who have been lost to preventable overdose while supporting a harm reduction informed continuum of care for those who may still be at risk. We remain inspired by our growing circle of friends and partners around the world and we thank you for your ongoing collaboration and perspectives.
On a personal note, I wish to thank this amazing community of heart connections for all of the phenomenal support, love and connection bestowed upon me after enduring the tragic loss of my own beautiful children, Bryan and Alex to overdose, only one year apart. Your personal stories and presence in my life have been an invaluable source of strength and resilience and words cannot express how much how deeply I appreciate each gesture of kindness and compassion. My New Years resolution is to embrace our path forward and make 2018 the year that our families are empowered, recognized and supported in their rightful place as advocates who can and will make all the difference by saving lives in 2018! Much love and light to all!
Yours in Solidarity and Peace,
Barry and Carol
Team Families for Sensible Drug Policy