Michelle's Activism

January 28, 2023: Michelle was asked to share Trevor's story at Marin County's innovative and ground-breaking restorative justice program, Youth Transforming Justice.

January 27, 2023 SF Standard: Narcan in Schools

The education aspect—sooner rather than later—is more important than just the supply of Narcan, said Leopold.

“It’s one thing to have a nurse and three other people on campus know where Narcan is and how to administer it,” Leopold said. “It’s a lot more effective to have all 1,200 students know fentanyl is in the drug supply and that Narcan can reverse fentanyl poisoning.”

https://sfstandard.com/public-health/are-narcan-stockpiles-enough-to-prevent-overdoses-at-bay-area-schools/

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.

"People need to know that this is here. It's not going away. We need to do anything we can to prevent more deaths," Leopold said. "This is unlike anything our country has ever experienced."

On her own time, she teaches people how to administer Naloxone. She owns several Ace Hardware stores and has Narcan in her first aid kit. She thinks of having Narcan on hand the same way she thinks of having a fire extinguisher on hand..."

https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/first-hand-experience-helped-inspire-san-francisco-lawmakers-narcan-bill/

November 20, 2022 Marin Independent Journal: ...“If you were younger than 60, you had a 10 times greater chance of dying from a drug overdose in 2021 than from COVID-19,” Willis said...

One such fake pill can kill within a few minutes unless the person receives a dose of Narcan or nalaxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug.

“Don’t think it can’t happen to you,” said Marin activist Michelle Leopold, whose son Trevor died in 2019 at age 18 from a fentanyl overdose. “You need to assume it can happen to you.”

https://www.marinij.com/2022/11/16/marin-seeks-to-flatten-the-curve-on-overdose-deaths-in-2023/

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.

November 15, 2022 "Lived Experience Story" Testimonial

ODFree Marin Launch/Overdose Prevention Summit in Marin County

Get involved: https://odfreemarin.org/action-teams/

Learn more: https://odfreemarin.org/

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!

November 12, 2022 Los Angeles Times: More teenagers dying from fentanyl. 'It has a hold on me, and I don't know why'

Fentanyl deaths among teens more than doubled from 2019 to 2020, increasing from 253 to 680. Last year, the number jumped to 884...

Among the most outspoken are parents whose children died from the drug.

In November 2019, Marin County resident Michelle Leopold’s 18-year-old son, Trevor, died. The freshman at Sonoma State ingested what he believed was Oxycodone one night before bed, and a friend who was sleeping over in his dorm room awoke the next morning to find his body.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-12/more-teenagers-are-dying-from-fentanyl

11/6/22 Talk - National League of Young Men - Marin Chapter Class of 2025

September 1, 2022: Marin Independent Journal: "Greenbrae resident Trevor Leopold died of an overdose in 2019 in his dorm room during his freshman year at Sonoma State University. He was 18.

Leopold, who had been struggling with drug addiction, took what he thought was oxycodone, a prescription pain medication. Instead it was a counterfeit pill laced with a lethal dose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be 100 times more potent than morphine.

After Michelle and Jeff Leopold lost their son, the Marin couple turned their grief into activism. The owners of Marin Ace Hardware in San Rafael have been hosting classes at their hardware stores across the Bay Area on how to administer Narcan, or naloxone, a substance that can keep an overdose victim alive.

In partnership with the Spahr Center, a Corte Madera nonprofit, customers of the San Rafael store were invited to participate in a session Wednesday. The event coincided with International Overdose Awareness Day, which is recognized annually on Aug. 31. This is the third year they’ve hosted overdose awareness events..."

https://www.marinij.com/2022/08/31/marin-family-turns-fentanyl-overdose-grief-into-activism/

August 24, 2022: CBS News San Francisco / KPIX5 -- "As state and city leaders grapple with how to save hundreds of lives to drug overdoses in the Bay Area, two East Bay moms are doing something about it. Michelle Leopold and April Rovero both lost their sons to an overdose. And both mothers are working to do something about the pain they feel at such a loss. On a quiet morning in Oakley, customers of the Ace Hardware that Leopold owns got a class in using Narcan, a substance that pulls overdose victims back from the brink of death."

https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/east-bay-moms-who-lost-sons-to-drugs-host-narcan-training/

September 30, 2022: Annenberg Radio News -- National Recovery Month with a mom who lost her son to Fentanyl - Michelle Leopold now leads seminars on how to prevent Fentanyl overdoses

https://www.uscannenbergmedia.com/2022/09/30/national-recovery-month-with-a-mom-who-lost-her-son-to-fentanyl/ USC Journalist Claire Fogarty is a former classmate of Trevor's brother Parker

August 10th, 2022: Brentwood Press: Oakley, Pittsburg and Antioch Ace Hardware store events raise awareness of the danger of drug overdoses - "The three Ace locations will offer free Narcan – a medication that reverses overdoses from opioids, including fentanyl - and provide education around overdose awareness and the current national epidemic of fentanyl poisonings."

https://www.thepress.net/features/oakley-"pittsburg-and-antioch-ace-hardware-store-events-raise-awareness-of-the-danger-of-drug/article_4311e566-1939-11ed-aa4a-dbc005ff6f1b.html

August 21st, 2022: After the rally for National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day at San Francisco City Hall, Michelle trained her employees and community on life-saving Naloxone, and distributed Narcan at her San Francisco store, Standard 5&10 Ace in San Francisco's Laurel Village.

KPIX5 reported on the Narcan distribution during their segment: https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/parents-fentanyl-victims-rally-san-francisco/

August 21st, 2022: As part of Mothers Against Drug Deaths, Michelle joined the Fentanyl Awareness Day rally Sunday on the first National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day at San Francisco City Hall, where the Mothers were joined by community leaders and other advocates calling for tougher policies to reduce overdose deaths. Leopold was one of the speakers at Sunday's rally.

Article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Mothers-rally-to-stop-the-fentanyl-deaths-of-17388342.php

Speech linked on Twitter/Thank you Jenny G Shao

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgG_pI6ty-s&t=11s

June 4, 2022: Parker and Michelle were asked to share Trevor's story at Marin County's innovative and ground-breaking restorative justice program, Youth Transforming Justice.

May 13, 2022 - PAIN Don't Hide the Scars Podcast

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...

Story appeared via other links in the LA Times and California HealthLine

"Sometimes, fentanyl poisoning can also cause death; Mothers Against Drug Deaths co-founder Michelle Leopold’s son died of a fentanyl-laced pill. "

May 12, 2022 - Health Focus with Dr. Scott Anderson - Post: Focus on Fentanyl. (Link to video to come)

May 13, 2022 - Sacramento CA Capitol Protest - and new Ad Campaign (Mothers Against Drug Deaths)

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

Mentioning the Paradigm Shift around fentanyl poisoning.

To take action, go to TAKE ACTION - Join the community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUhgWbT6XvM

#SmokescreenBook Launch Team

4/20/21

https://www.amazon.com/Smokescreen-What-Marijuana-Industry-Doesnt/product-reviews/1948677873/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews

Harm Reduction Activist - Marin County

10/20 - Present

https://www.marin4publichealth.org/post/a-grieving-mom-s-argument-against-retail-cannabis-storefronts

2020 Marin Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2020

KTVU News - Overdose Awareness Day

https://www.ktvu.com/news/bay-area-families-honor-loved-ones-lost-to-overdoses

Nar-Anon Hope After Loss

4/25/20 - present

Shatterproof 2020 Stronger than Addiction Challenge

Interview - Common Ground Magazine

12/2019

http://commongroundmag.com/

Redwood Bark Article - Drugs, Death & Discussion

12/17/19

https://redwoodbark.org/57562/news/drugs-death-and-discussion-time-to-talk-about-overdose-in-marin/