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737 Delaware Avenue, Suite 101
Buffalo, NY 14209

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It Started With Michael Israel

Save the Michaels of the World, Inc. was established in June of 2011 as a small kitchen roundtable 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.

Avi and Julie Israel decided they didn’t want to see other families suffer the loss of a loved one. The journey started with an interview with a Buffalo News reporter who told Michael’s story. That story got more attention from TV stations. Doctors, patients, parents and the population as a whole are not aware of the danger of opiate addiction. We wanted to find a way to address the overprescribing of pain medications such as hydrocodone and others.


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Employee of the Month!

Featured Employee: Mary Barbara (Babs) Howard

Family Recovery Coach
Save the Michaels of the World, Buffalo

Barbara Howard, also known as Babs, started volunteering in the Recovery Community over 15 yrs.ago. She has several family members affected by Substance Use Disorder. She started volunteering with Save the Michaels 10 years ago to support families who have loved ones with SUD and became certified as a Recovery Coach. After retiring from a 40 year career in healthcare she took a part time position at Save the Michaels as a Family Recovery Coach. This past March, Babs celebrated 5 years in this position. She facilitates the Topic Discussion Support Group meetings held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, as well as Family Support Groups @ Renaissance Rehab. She started the Distinguished Speaker Series which is held quarterly and most recently started a Book Club held once a month @ Save the Michaels. Babs is grateful to be part of the recovery community and is passionate about providing support, education and resources to families affected by addiction.


Making a difference

Making a Difference!!

‘Narcan — it gives people a second chance’: New Narcan vending machine to save lives

There is a new way of fighting the drug overdose epidemic to save lives. A Narcan vending machine is now installed outside the Kenmore Fire Department.

Save the Michaels has partnered with NY Matters to provide a vending machine for harm reduction supplies.
Inside particpants will find test strips for both Xylanzine and Fentanyl and Naloxone.

This vending machine can be found at 16 Nash Road in Kenmore.

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Upcoming Events


Please join us on WEDNESDAY, JULY 3rd from 1PM-3PM
at our LOCKPORT LOCATION for a little GRILL & CHILL!

144 Main Street
Lockport, NY 14094
(Walnut Street Entrance)