A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Justin Phillips is a wife and mother of three children, Bryan, Aaron and Audrey Sims. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. (ODL). ODL is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit founded in 2014, serving the state of Indiana and dedicated to preventing opioid deaths and reducing the stigma of addiction. ODL has quickly become a leading voice for Indiana families, individuals, and communities affected by addiction, acting efficiently and effectively with statewide programming and legislation. In an extremely short period of time, ODL has touched the lives of thousands.
Justin formed ODL in 2014 after the death of her 20-year-old son, Aaron, to a heroin overdose. ODL has rapidly amassed a long list of accomplishments via program development and grassroots efforts. ODL works non-stop to prevent prescription opioid misuse and heroin use and death across the state. ODL focuses on reducing the stigma associated with the disease of addiction. They provide prevention tools/training and education, facilitate Naloxone distribution to first responders and the lay public, and provide treatment/recovery support.
Justin has been invited to speak at national, regional and local meetings on the topic of the opioid national health crisis. In 2016 Justin received the Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award, the Drug Free Marion County Parent Advocate of the Year Award, the Indiana Jefferson Award and was chosen as a 2016 White House Champion of Change for Advocacy, Prevention and Treatment. In 2017 Justin testified before President’s Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction.