Voices for Awareness
Voices For Awareness (VFA)Facing Fentanyl, based in Grand Junction, CO, is an organization bringing the dangers of illicit fentanyl to the public. VFA is launching a Colorado Coalition for Families Affected by Fentanyl (CFAF) to aid and support families affected by a fentanyl death.
Voices for Awareness and the CFAF will allow people to connect with others for support and stay current on fentanyl issues and advocacy opportunities in our State. VFA has formed a Fentanyl Family Advisory Board, including affiliates from across the country, to oversee the Colorado Coalition. VFA is inviting Colorado families that are affected by fentanyl to be a part of this coalition.
D’Ann Hopkins and Andrea Thomas co-founded Voices for Awareness after Thomas lost her 32-year-old daughter in 2018 to fentanyl poisoning. Thomas says, “We can’t bring our loved ones back, but we can warn other families and spare them from the devastation that fentanyl causes. Fentanyl-related deaths are escalating in Colorado, and we are asking Colorado-affected families to come
together to be a voice in combatting this crisis.”
Through our work with affected families, we recognize that people often suffer in silence because of the stigma related to the drug death of their loved ones. Illicit fentanyl deaths are hard to prosecute, and families think there is no help for them. Grief hinders action, and people do not know where to reach out for support. Affected families want to share their stories or advocate to help others but do not know where to begin. The fallout from losing your child or loved one to fentanyl poisoning can be all-consuming. These issues and more have moved us to form a coalition for affected families to help them come together for support and guidance in their advocacy. We don’t have all the answers, but at Voices for Awareness, we believe that affected families’ involvement in local communities can save lives locally while we continue to work toward a federal government response to the illicit fentanyl crisis.
There are a variety of options for how you can take part in this Colorado Coalition for Families Affected by Fentanyl. VFA collaborates with Federal, State, and Local agencies and is actively involved in proposed legislation, community support, and illicit fentanyl prevention and education. We firmly believe that each life is equally important, whether fentanyl poisoning happens to an unsuspecting victim or an active user. By affected families combining their lived experiences and resources, we can create effective networks. Our coalition is based in Colorado but all families are welcome. Ultimately we can make communities safer and save lives.