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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: Kerri Brown

Family Recovery Coach & Court Liaison
Save the Michaels of the World, Buffalo

Hey There! I am Kerri Brown and I started here at STMOTW in April 2023 as a Family Recovery Coach and Court Liaison. I am the mother of two beautiful and amazing adult daughters who are my inspiration and my WHY for everything! Before this career change, if I was not at a cheerleading game, competition, volleyball game, dance practice, or driving my girls around town I was working full time in the Restaurant Industry and part time as a Dance Teacher. Although both of those careers I loved dearly and miss, being an advocate and helping individuals struggling with SUD has always been a passion of mine. I have been an advocate and support for my own family members struggling with SUD over the years and when I came across the SUD Peer Specialist course at D’Youville I knew it was time to make a change and help more people. STMOTW gave me the chance to come and intern here for two weeks as one of my class requirements and from that day forward I knew this is where I wanted to be. I was given the chance to help other families like my own cope with their loved ones SUD. I love what I do and am here if you need someone to talk to and to help guide you through this difficult journey in recovery. We are only a phone call away. We Offer Hope. I genuinely believe that!

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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

Distinguished Speaker Series

Please join us MARCH 25th for our DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES via WebEx 7PM-8:30PM Help us welcome Nicole Shields!

Nicole is a native of Buffalo and Human Services Professional employed at Mental Health Advocates. Entering the Human Services field in March 2011 to begin supporting people with disabilities was truly life changing for her.  Nicole quickly learned that her passion and purpose is to help others.  This was the start of her recovery journey. Volunteering and giving back to the community are key priorities for her along with spending time with her husband and two daughters. Nicole has volunteered with numerous organizations over the years and continues with great enthusiasm and energy. Her mantra, which has been adopted by others who she has shared her strength and hope with is, to *Keep Going, Keep Growing*. Nicole is looking forward to continuing to spread awareness of mental health and addiction in hopes to end the stigma.