Save the Michaels of the World

Thomas O'Neil-White

A table at the Save the Michaels of the World offices is adorned with pictures of young men and women. All of them were lost to drug addiction.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse is distributing more than $5.1 million to agencies throughout the state to expand or establish addiction recovery centers. Receiving some of that money is a Buffalo-based agency founded in memory of a young man who lost his struggle with addiction eight years ago.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New York State has set aside a record-high $247 million in the latest budget to fund opioid and drug addiction countermeasures. Senators representing Western New York districts gathered in Buffalo Monday to announce $425,000 of that money will go to Save The Michaels of the World.


A group called Save the Michaels of the World is teaming up with Erie County Medical Center to raise awareness about opioid and prescription pill abuse.

The nonprofit was established in 2011 to raise awareness about the devastating effects of abusing opioids after 20-year-old Michael David Israel committed suicide during his struggles with addiction.

Dr. Mark Gunther, ECMC’s vice president of behavioral health, led the speaker series that was held Wednesday night at Hyatt Place in Amherst.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The North Park Theater was packed Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. The meeting was sponsored by Save the Michaels of the World, an organization formed to deal with the over-prescription of drugs following the death of 21-year-old Michael Israel.