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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: Tonja Bangel

Recovery Coach
Save the Michaels of the World, Buffalo

I began to find my passion for Family and Peer Coaching while traveling on my own path in recovery. The opportunity to help others navigate through their darkest moments fills my heart and gives me purpose every day. I am blessed to work with an amazing organization of people who embrace hope, recovery and personal growth. I continue my story of recovery through my passions working a 12-step program,  service to others and my own continued education. I received my Bachelor's  Degree last May, this had been a long-time goal of mine. I believe in always remaining humble, teachable and setting an example to my children and grandchildren. My motto is borrowed from a friend "Bless Them, Change Me". 


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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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Distinguished Speaker Series

Join us on WEBEX on Monday, November 13th from 7PM-8:30PM for our Distinguished Speaker, Rob Kent.

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