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HCADA talks with Tampa Bay Times about Josie’s Pledge

At the age of 17, he took the life of Linda Unfried’s sister, Josie DiStefano Palomino, in a DUI crash.

Unfried founded the Hillsborough chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the wake of her sister’s death 31 years ago. She remains vigilant today. She thinks of the teen involved in her sister’s death and wants desperately to reduce underage drinking.

Josies Pledge, MADD, HCADA
Pilot Project Launched to Ensure Safe & Effective Prescription Drug Disposal

CADCA and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals launched a pilot project in Florida's Hillsborough, Collier, and Seminole counties on September 26 to ensure the safe and effective disposal of prescription medications. This pilot project is the next step in the overall strategy to prevent prescription drug misuse in Florida.

Deterra, CADCA, HCADA, Pilot Project
Devastated by drug overdoses, Tampa advocate prays deadly spike will end in 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — For Ellen Snelling, it’s still so surreal. In 2016, she got the unexpected phone call no one ever wants. Her brother died of a drug overdose in Miami.

“I was actually at Universal Studios. It was right before Christmas,” she remembered. “And got a phone call that he had overdosed and died — I just — I can’t describe how — it was just horrible.”

And then, in the summer of 2021, history nearly repeated itself when someone in her immediate family had a similar scare, and according to Snelling, “came very close to death” but miraculously survived.

“It’s almost like you can’t comprehend it,” said Snelling.

Snelling, HCADA Interview, HCADA
Kids Health: Opioid Misuse and Suicidal Behaviors

HCADA Interview, Opioid, Suicide, HCADA, Video

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