Marin overdoses become leading cause of death for 55 and younger
Calendar Listing - ODFree Narcan Tabling
August 2023 - Sonoma County Focus Radio Show on the Fentanyl Crisis Host Michelle Marques talks with Sonoma County District Attorney Carla Rodriguez, and two families affected by fentanyl death, about the alarming rise of fentanyl and other drug overdoses in Sonoma County. Learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones, additional resources at onepillsonoma.org
3/22/23 - Michelle spoke to parents and loved ones at a Zoom meeting for Muir Wood, where Trevor had attended.
Michelle and other members of Drug Induced Homicide - CA have been fighting for SB44 "Alexandra's Law" - this article highlights SB44 and other fentanyl related bills killed in Sacramento
Wednesday March 8, Michelle spoke to health classes at Oakland's School for the Arts.
Comments from the students:
Monday March 6, 6pm Ballroom A: Michelle spoke at Sonoma State University to kick off their Opioid prevention campaign
Link to presentation:
Wednesday March 1 - Michelle spoke to students at Tam High School in Trevor's former classroom... the attached poem was one one of the student's responses to the talk.
February 7, 2023: North Bay Business He did not intend to die: Marin confronts its growing fentanyl crisis
December 22, 2022 CBS News Bay Area/KPIX 5: Narcan bill AD24
...“Michelle Leopold, who lost her son to an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2019, says the proposal is a necessary step forward in fighting the ongoing opioid epidemic.
Talk - Boy Scout Troop 59 (11/15/22)
This was especially poignant for me because Trevor and his little brother Parker were both Scouts in this troop - and met in the same Larkspur Masonic Lodge in which I spoke.
Education: Fentanyl Family Summit (11/15/22)
Grateful to the Northern California Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for hosting the first every Family Summit of the Overdose Epidemic in Dublin. Had to leave early to get to San Rafael for the Marin Summit!
11/6/22 Talk - National League of Young Men - Marin Chapter Class of 2025
SB1097 (Pan/McCarty) - Marijuana Warning Labels - is in committee - and we hope makes it to the Assembly vote in the near future. Here is a video of California parents who desperately demand a warning label - because #ItsNotJustPot
News Medical Life Sciences - May 23, 2022: Important article talking about the nationwide movement of parents-turned-activists fighting the increasingly deadly drug crisis (several of which I know well or/and in which I'm actively involved) — all challenging California's doctrine that drugs should be treated as a health problem rather than prosecuted by the criminal justice system...
"Sometimes, fentanyl poisoning can also cause death; Mothers Against Drug Deaths co-founder Michelle Leopold’s son died of a fentanyl-laced pill. "
May 13, 2022 - Sacramento CA Capitol Protest - and new Ad Campaign (Mothers Against Drug Deaths)
Editorial: Fixing drug education: The first step to saving lives
Redwood Bark Editors demand more fentanyl and other drug training. This article resulted in additional information for TUHSD.
Talk - National League of Young Men - Marin Chapter Class of 2024 (2/12/22)
The Bark - Redwood High School November, 2021: ‘One pill can kill:’ Addiction, loss and fentanyl - The epidemic unknowingly threatening Marin's most vulnerable teens
“We were walking out the door when Trevor’s best friend knocked and said, ‘Gosh Michelle, I’m so sorry.’ I said, ‘What?’ He showed me his phone. It was a picture from Snapchat,” Michelle Leopold, whose son overdosed from fentanyl, said. “Trevor’s dead.”...
The Pitch - Archie Williams High School November, 2021: Every Parent's Worst Nightmare" - fentanyl epidemic overtakes teens
"Trevor Leopold was a freshman at Redwood High School when he first smoked marijuana and began experimenting with illicit drugs. Moving from school to school, in and out of the Tamalpais Unified High School District [TUHSD], he eventually graduated from Tamalpais High School in 2019, and was admitted to Sonoma State. He was found dead in his dorm shortly thereafter on November 17, 2019, after buying and consuming counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl at the age of 18..."
Thank you Henry Pratt for writing this award-winning investigative journalism piece for the AWHS Pitch school newspaper, which set so much activity into action in Marin county, (and in your own life!)
Michelle's APALD Rally Speech for Fentanyl Awareness
#SmokescreenBook Launch Team
Harm Reduction Activist - Marin County
10/20 - Present
KTVU News - Overdose Awareness Day
Interview - Common Ground Magazine
Redwood Bark Article - Drugs, Death & Discussion