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Save the Michaels (STM) is an advocacy and education organization that creates awareness of prescription drug addiction, overdose, and suicide.  It was established in June 2011, as a small kitchen table action group, to bring attention and awareness of the devastating effects of opioid medications, after the death by suicide of 20 year old Michael David Israel.

Since then, Save the Michaels has grown exponentially.  STM has changed the laws in New York State regarding prescription medication.  We have established ourselves as a 501(c)3 not for profit organization as we raise funds to reach out to schools, professional organizations and businesses all over the region.  We continue to increase awareness and education regarding the dangers of prescription and other drug addictions which can lead to accidential overdose or suicide.

Save the Michaels of the World Inc., is pleased to announce the January 1, 2017 opening of the House of Hope and Community Resources, at 11 Summer Street in Buffalo NY.  The House of Hope (HOH) offers the services of volunteer Peer Recovery Coaches who are trained by an OASAS accredited CRPA curriculum (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery: Recovery Coach Academy); information on navigating the social services system, and help securing treatment for their loved ones who are ready to begin their road to recovery.  HOH teaches familes how to help advance their own lives positively, while supporting their family member.

STM has been providing educational forums all over Erie County since 2011, and brings the mission of the HOH to all 8 counties of Western New York.  

The HOH also supports different groups of people whose lives have been forever impacted by addiction with bi-monthly grief support group meetings.  These evenings are structured to educate, to inspire hope, and to assist family members gain the information needed to help themselves and their loved ones.

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