The Solace Foundation of Orange County

The Solace Foundation of Orange County is committed to reduce the number of opioid related overdose deaths in the region by expanding access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

The founders of the Solace Foundation, Aimee Dunkle and Margie Fleitman, each lost a child to an accidental drug overdose, and wanted to honor the memory of their sons in the most positive way.  Both boys, Ben who died at the age of 20, and Mitch who died at the age of 22, could have been saved by the timely administration of naloxone. Naloxone is a prescription medicine that can temporarily reverse the effect of opioids and help a person start to breath again. The Foundation operates under a standing order model with a physician assuming full prescribing authority and clinical oversight.  Both Aimee and Margie are certified trainers in Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response Training.

The Solace Foundation provides trainings to clients and staff at drug treatment centers, sober living homes, detox facilities, homeless shelters, and methadone clinics.  Training is also provided to those in active drug use, their families, and those most likely to witness an overdose.  Since the foundation was established in July 2015, Aimee and Margie have trained over 200 individuals in recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose, and four lives have already been saved.

“Our vision is to ensure that all those who struggle with substance use disorders are treated with the same compassion, dignity, and respect one would expect from any other chronic illness.”

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GRANT AWARD DATE: October 13, 2015