About Us

Change Inspired by Music

Our mission is to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in south Florida by producing benefit concerts that feature popular tribute bands, national acts and local musicians.  With your sponsorships, donations, support and concert attendance, together we can help reverse the momentum of opioid addiction, and begin to heal the families and communities 

suffering losses to this senseless epidemic.

Starting Wth a Cause

Palm Beach County is considered one epicenter of today's nationwide opioid epidemic. Thousands die each year from this new social plague. 


According to a U.S. News and World Report from 2017, 


"Florida has been hit especially hard by the deadly opioid overdose epidemic.

In 2015, heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone were directly responsible for the deaths of 3,896 Floridians, according to the most recent Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics. That's about 12 percent of all the 33,000 people nationwide who died that year of opioid overdoses".  Last year in South Florida, the morgues in Palm Beach County were strained to capacity by 525 fatal opioid overdoses, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported in March.


The deadly cocktail of heroin mixed with fentanyl or carfentanil figured in 220 deaths in Miami-Dade County last year, the paper reported.  

And 90 percent of the fatal drug overdoses in Broward County involved

 heroin, fentanyl or other opioids.


 Officials estimate first responders in Palm Beach County answered nearly

 5,000 overdose calls in 2016.   An estimated 4,000 people died from

 opioid overdoses in Florida in 2016. 


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,  in 2017 there were more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. –an age-adjusted rate of 21.7 per 100,000 persons. Among these, 47,600 involved opioids. The sharpest increase occurred among deaths involving fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (other synthetic narcotics) with more than 28,400 overdose deaths in 2017. The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths increased significantly in Florida by 5.9 percent from 2016 (23.7 per 100,000) to 2017 (25.1 per 100,000).


Current News

  

Ten new detox beds soon will be available at a new Addiction Stabilization Center at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach for victims of overdose where they will be connected with therapy, rehab and outpatient treatment.  Palm Beach County  has been a national destination for opioid addicts as well as those seeking treatment.

Several Florida counties have been opening centralized public clinics as hospitals and rescue personnel have become overwhelmed with the ravages of the opioid epidemic.  


With opioids killing more than 500 people in 2017, Palm Beach County surpassed Broward and Miami-Dade counties in the highest rate of death 

from heroin and fentanyl.


The opioid epidemic led to an influx of addicted people to Palm Beach County. Touting the chance of recovery in the sunshine, private providers recruit out-of-state patients with lucrative insurance plans to South Florida.

But for the uninsured and those whose benefits are exhausted,  drug treatment programs are not so available and  only about two dozen publicly-funded detox beds exist to serve a county of nearly 1.4 million people.


Also, South Florida’s opioid pain medication dose recommendation is too high, despite a statewide crackdown that significantly reduced prescribing of the potentially addictive and deadly medication, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The opioid death rate in Palm Beach County is showing signs of abating after years of increases. In 2018, the rate plunged 41 percent, to 326, down from 558 in 2017. Officials credit the widespread use of Narcan, a drug used to revive overdose patients, and high-profile prosecutions of disreputable owners of drug treatment centers and halfway houses.


What You Can Do

From small efforts to big ones, every person can help alleviate the suffering of our friends and neighbors affected by this crisis.  You can LIKE US ON FACEBOOK, donate through our GOFUNDME campaign, volunteer some time to help get our message out,  attend our BENEFIT SHOWS, or just talk us up when you're out and about or on social media.  However you choose to be an important part of social change, we appreciate you.

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Luis Garcia, retired firefighter - educates, trains, distributes Narcan (opioid antidote) to save lives... will speak at our fundraiser on February 23 at Johnny Q's in Lake Worth and provide information and Narcan sprays for attendees

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