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A Mother’s Journey: Advocating for a Fentanyl Free Future

May 7, 2024

In this powerful conversation, our guest Michele Hein, shares her tragic story as a mother who has faced unimaginable loss and has emerged as a front-line activist in the battle against illicit fentanyl.  After losing her beloved son Tyler to fentanyl poisoning, Michele's grief is transformed into advocacy as she leads the charge with Fentanyl Free Communities to save other families from a similar fate.

As fentanyl-related deaths skyrocket, we'll examine why existing legislation falls short and what it truly means to approach substance use disorder and mental health stigmas with hope for substantive change.  This episode is not just a discussion, it's a call to arms.  We can't afford to look away any longer.

Join us as we discuss: 

  • The piercing insight Michele provides on how fentanyl isn't just a poisoning crisis, but a national security threat
  • Broken policies that are causing a delay in the response to this crisis
  • The cohesive work between Fentanyl Free Communities and their collaboration with local law enforcement to bring stability and hope to their own community




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A Night to Pause Foundation Gala

Learn more about Fentanyl Free Communities at their upcoming A Night to Pause Foundation Gala - May 17, 2024.


Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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