Today we’re announcing the formation of Addiction Policy Forum state chapters in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.
At APF, we understand the tremendous need to provide families in crisis with better resources and help communities struggling with the disease implement a comprehensive response. Each state chapter will focus on the implementation of our eight strategic focus areas, all of which are critical to ensuring long-term progress against substance use disorders at the national, state and local levels.
We’re fortunate to have three passionate and capable leaders take on the role of chairperson in their respective states:
Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino, Massachusetts State Chair
Aimee lost her son Emmett to substance use disorder in 2016. Aimee vowed to not let her son’s death be in vain and has been actively working to help end the stigma of addiction and help other families find resources to help. If you are in Massachusetts and want to be involved, contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Griffin, New Hampshire State Chair
Doug lost his daughter Courtney to addiction when she was only 20 years old. Since that loss, Doug has worked to make sure Courtney is remembered for her love of life, not her substance use disorder. If you are in New Hampshire and want to be involved, contact Doug at email@example.com.
Lorraine McNeill-Popper, New York State Chair
Jamaica Estates, Queens, NY
Lorraine lost her twin brother and best friend Larry to an overdose and adopted Larry’s son after his death. Lorraine shares her story with as many families as possible so they know they are not alone. If you are in New York and want to be involved, contact Lorraine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Aimee, Doug and Lorraine for taking on these important leadership roles. We are working hard to form chapters in additional states and introduce new resources to help prevent SUDs and save lives. Stay tuned for more details.