That first speaking engagement led to many others, and the family soon formed the 525 Foundation (For Nick and Jack’s hockey numbers) to honor their sons’ lives and to spread awareness so they can prevent “another family from having to endure the pain” that they have gone through.
One of the main ways she is doing this is by talking to parents about the danger of prescription drugs. “We’ve talked to our kids about drinking, but we had never talked to them about prescription drugs, because it wasn’t even on our radar,” she says. They’ve also teamed up with local law enforcement to do prescription drug collections. If you’re done using them, the ONLY safe thing to do is to turn them in so they can be safely destroyed. After just three of these local events, they had collected and safely destroyed over 1,500 POUNDS of pills!
“If you think about how much one pill weighs, that’s a lot of pills collected,” Savage says. “And when you think that one of those pills could take a life, that could potentially be a lot of lives saved.”
Parents, I urge you, in memory of Jack and Nick Savage, to not just read this article and walk away unchanged. GET RID OF your prescription meds that you aren’t using and TALK TO YOUR KIDS about the dangers of prescription opioids and all other prescription medications. And most of all, don’t think “not my kid” – because that’s the most dangerous thought you can have about your kids.