Advocates & Activists

Emily Walden – Chair of “The Fed Up! Coalition” and Her Son’s Oxy Overdose Death

Emily Walden’s son, TJ, was prescribed opioids through his childhood during a series of operations. But he became addicted only once he started using Oxycontin and moved on to the similar drug  Opana. He was a 21-year-old member of the Kentucky National Guard when he died of an opioid overdoes four years later. Now Ms….

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Laura and Tom Boldt – Alcohol and Drugs – Clean and Sober

It seems more often that we speak to a parent who has lost their child to addiction. But this story is a happy one – while mom, Laura, had her history of alcohol addiction and her son, Tom, had his history of drug addiction – both are clean and sober today. Recently they published a…

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Think Marijuana is Safe? Think Again Says Mom Who Lost Her Son

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning keynote speaker and trainer, bestselling author, and noted authority on personal productivity and team performance. When her 19 year old son died from suicide after being addicted to marijuana for years, she became an activist and founder of “Johnny’s Ambassadors“. Johnny’s Ambassadors educates parent and teens about…

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Ed Bisch – Grieving Dad Taking on Big Pharma

Ed Bisch’s son, Eddie, died of an overdose of Oxycontin in 2001. Ed didn’t sit by and take it. His initial answer when told of his son’s death was “What the Hell is Oxycontin!”. Ed started researching Oxycontin and it’s manufacturer – Purdue Pharma; AND the family behind it – The Sacklers. Ed has been…

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Will Grayson – Devoting His Life to Helping Others

Will Grayson has been 30+ years sober. During those 30 years, he has dedicated himself to helping those trapped by addiction. Whether he was talking on the radio or meeting addicts one on one, he’s changing lives on a daily basis.

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Mary Burns – Saving Eric – A Mother Changing the Face of Addiction

Mary Burns is a mother of three, a teacher and has become involved in addiction advocacy since her son’s death. She helped spearhead a walk called, Changing the Face of Addiction, to help change the stigma of addiction. She has also brought her advocacy to her local state senator and addressed the New Jersey Senate…

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Charlotte Bismuth – The Prosecutor Who Put Away NY’s Most Infamous Pill Pusher

Charlotte Bismuth is a graduate of Columbia University, Columbia Law School, and Sciences-Po Paris. After joining the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, she began investigating Dr. Stan Li, a doctor who spent years supplying more than seventy patients a day with Oxycodone and Xanax, trading prescriptions for cash. After a tireless investigation, Dr. Li…

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Dr. Kenneth Finn – The Latest Science and Stats on Marijuana

We’ve talked about marijuana many times on the podcast and noted that quite a few of the former addicts started their drug path with marijuana. In this episode, Dr. Kenneth Finn from Colorado gives us the facts about the use of marijuana as pain medication as well as it’s adverse effects on young adults. Dr….

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Tine Levene – President of Florida Recovery Schools of Tampa Bay

After suffering childhood trauma, Tina Levene turned to alcohol and drugs to cope. That was until she learned that if she shared her own childhood trauma with others, she might be able to help other children. She turned her life around and she is helping to set up recovery schools for high school aged kids…

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Tiffany Jenkins -Talks Candidly About her Opioid Addiction and Recovery

Tiffany Jenkins is the funny lady behind “Juggling the Jenkins”. She has over 4.5 million Facebook followers and counting! Tiffany is a wife, mother, best-selling author, content creator and recovering addict. Although best known for her funny viral Facebook and YouTube videos, Tiffany is incredibly passionate about bringing awareness to mental illness. She speaks shamelessly,…

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