Becky Savage and her husband Mike tragically, and suddenly lost two of their sons to America’s opioid crisis. The couple was asked to speak at a local forum on substance abuse. They considered how Nick and Jack’s fate might save lives. The couple launched the 525 Foundation (named after the boys’ hockey numbers, 5 and 25) to spread urgent warnings: you don’t have to be a drug addict or frequent user to die from drug overdose. Mixing booze and pills is extremely dangerous, sometimes fatal. When you’re offered a pill at a house party, you have no idea how your body will react, or how potent it could be. Even one pill could end your life.
More than 13,000 people have heard Nick and Jack’s story since the Savages began visiting high schools, civic clubs and parent groups in 2016.