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SOUTH BEND Ind.,--- The 525 Foundation was recently recognized as an innovator in the fight against addiction by the Addiction Policy Forum. The South Bend based nonprofit was one of nine organizations in the state of Indiana to receive the distinction. 

The 525 Foundation was founded by Mike and Becky Savage after their two sons, Jack and Nick, were killed by an accidental overdose. The Savages now tour the country sharing their story and warning kids about the dangers of misusing medication.

"When we were looking for organizations in Indiana that had an innovative response to addiction the 525 foundation was one of the very first we turned to," said Kimberly Lohman Chapp, Executive Vice President of Community Management for the Addiction Policy Forum. "Becky Savage and her commitment to educating other families about their loss to save the next family from the same kind of unthinkable pain is just something that needs to be praised, applauded, and shared across the country."

The 525 Foundation also has "Drop2Stop" bins in several local grocery stories where people can safely discard their medications. 

The Addiction Policy Forum has a toll free number you can call if you or someone you know is struggling addiction: 833-301-4357.

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