Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness about the disease of addiction. Through educating communities, assisting families in their quest for information and supporting those in recovery, atTAcK addiction seeks to remove the stigma of addiction by effecting positive change in Delaware.

atTAcK addiction is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group created in memory of Tyler Armstrong Keister after his accidental overdose. Our goal is to help young people realize the dangers of alcohol and drugs so that they and their families never have to experience the pain, tragedy and loneliness that accompany addiction.

The main purpose of the group is to educate and bring awareness of addiction as a disease, rather than the stigma that is suffered in shame by the person with the disease and their loved ones. Attack Addiction seeks to educate by speaking at schools, prisons and any other venues where there is an interest in learning more about the disease of addiction. We strive to bring real and effective change to existing drug policy, We are not a support group, but we end up supporting those in recovery, those who have a loved one in recovery or those who have lost a loved one to the disease.

Our focus is Delaware and we are all volunteers - atTAcK addiction has no paid employees
We focus our efforts on the following strategic pillars….. Together we have been able to accomplish so much!

Education and Awareness

  • Proud recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in Delaware
  • Awarded the Heroes in Recovery Award in 2014 and 2016
  • Completed “Passport to Awareness Event” in conjunction with the News Journal – First statewide Naloxone training (October 2014)
  • Panelist at “Christiana Care Health Summit” with Michael Botticelli, President’s “Drug Czar” (June 2015)
  • Awarded Delaware State Senate Commendation (Sept 2015)
  • Proud recipient of the Community Based Award for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs from the American Public Health Association (2015)
  • Awarded “Order of the First State”, the highest award presented to citizens in Delaware (2017)
  • Collaboration on multiple initiatives with Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)

Communication/Outreach

  • Completed “Passport to Awareness Event” in conjunction with the News Journal – First statewide Naloxone training (October 2014)
  • Panelist at “Christiana Care Health Summit” with Michael Botticelli, President’s “Drug Czar” (June 2015)
  • Launched formal scholarship program with 5 awards granted yearly (Aug 2015)
  • Launched “Realty Tour” education program for children and parents in New Castle and expanding to Dover in 2017 – Sessions held monthly (Nov 2015)
  • Expanded chapters to include all three counties in Delaware (2015)
  • Doubled our Social media followers over the last four years
  • Collaboration on multiple initiatives with Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)

Policy

  • Passed “The Kristen L. Jackson & John M. Perkins Jr. Law”, the Delaware 911 Good Samaritan Law (July 2013)
  • Passed 2 Naloxone bills, “Community Access to Naloxone” and “Police Access to Naloxone” (June 2014 / August 2014)
  • Led collaboration for Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 supporting school nurses carrying naloxone (April 2015)
  • Governor’s appointees to “Overdose Fatality Review Commission (Aug 2016)
  • Governor’s appointees to Delaware Prescription Drug Action Committee (PDAC)

Treatment and Recovery

  • Opened a rent free woman’s transition home in partnership with Connections (Sept 2015)
  • Expanded chapters to include all three counties in Delaware (2015)
  • Opened a recovery home for women with reduced rent in partnership with Connections (Sept 2016)
  • Opened a men’s recovery home with reduced rent (Mar 2017)

Fundraising

  • Hosted Annual Gala to celebrate and honor key partners (Oct 2015)
  • E-racing the Stigma 5K participation grew from 900 participants in 2014 to over 2400 participants in 2017

Governor Jack Markell

“I’d like to tell you that as Governor, everybody in the General Assembly, everybody in the administration would say the real credit for the laws that we have passed and the additional funding that we have put in over the last few years is really a result of the advocacy of atTAcK addiction. Thank you so much.” – Governor Jack Markell, July 2016

Shatterproof PSA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MjIOx5YFj0