Treating Overdose
as Preventable

Our Mission

Zero Overdose is dedicated to the expansion of overdose safety planning and preventing unintentional overdose deaths

Since 1999

More Than 1,000,000 People Have Died From Drug Overdoses in the United States.

Communities across the country are grappling with the devastating consequences of overdose, which have resulted in a staggering number of deaths. In 2021, more than 106,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Shockingly, preliminary data indicates that nearly 110,000 overdose deaths occurred in 2022, making it the highest total ever recorded for a single calendar year. People of all ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds are impacted by this crisis. It is a complex issue intertwined with multiple factors, including substance use disorders, mental health challenges, and systemic barriers to treatment and support. These statistics highlight the urgent need for comprehensive strategies and resources to address this public health crisis and save lives.

How You Can Get Involved

The overdose crisis is a pressing issue that demands urgent attention. Zero Overdose equips providers and organizations with the necessary tools and resources to prevent overdose-related deaths. Informed by the success of safety planning in suicide prevention, our overdose safety plan is designed to address the overdose crisis through a comprehensive and patient-centered approach. We strive to provide a proactive strategy for identifying and managing overdose risks by taking the unique needs and circumstances of those at risk into account. This plan includes a variety of strategies and interventions designed to reduce the likelihood of overdoses and prevent tragic outcomes.

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Ready to make a difference? Schedule a consultation with our expert team. Learn how to implement overdose safety planning into your work and become part of the solution.

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Are you dedicated to making a positive contribution to your community? Become a vital member of our team by volunteering your time and skills. Collaborate with like-minded individuals to combat overdose-related tragedies.

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Each year, over 100,000 Americans die from drug overdoses. Your contribution can help us in turning the tide. Invest in our mission to save lives and prevent overdose deaths — together, we can effect significant change.

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Blayne Bonfoco

Blayne Bonfoco has a variety of experience in multiple industries, spanning a career of almost 30 years. Throughout her career, Blayne has explored Tourism, Hospitality, Wine Country, Food and Beverage, Fitness, Wellness, Retail, Service, and most recently Personal Development and Education.

At first, a step into Hospitality and tourism landed Blayne in Niagara Falls, as Concierge at a Renaissance hotel; there, she was able to apply her passion for languages, improving her French and Japanese communication skills with clients, while simultaneously serving people who had questions about the local area.

After several seasons at Niagara Falls, Niagara Wine Country called, as this was where she grew up; Blayne transitioned into a role at a local winery in the Retail shop, which soon turned into taking on a lead role in developing the Home Delivery program and growing that to almost 1000 participants monthly over 6 years. She continued to use her language skills to serve the winery and thrived in the team environment.

After a decision with her husband to open their own business, Blayne worked at a local women’s only fitness facility to gain experience before investing and opening one herself. Subsequently, Blayne and her husband opened a Martial Arts Academy, which they successfully operated for 15 years. Blayne’s focus on personal development lead her to dedicate her energy towards supporting, growing and serving their various programs. Her success in positively impacting her students fuelled her desire to expand her professional experience and motivated her to pursue a path with the Canadian National Kickboxing team, serving as Assistant Coach then Head Coach for six years.

Blayne is passionate about teamwork and the pursuit of growth, believing that every person should be encouraged and respected to thrive in their lives.

In 2020, Blayne and her husband closed their Martial Arts Programs and relocated to Belize with their first-born son; this change in location has provided her and her family with time to experience life in new ways while raising their son.

Blayne’s recent entry into the non-for profit sector, in particular working in addition support and rehabilitation, is an inspiring one for her; she is passionate about her support role with Zerooverdose, and is looking forward to helping the entire team make a difference in addiction prevention.

Leah Harris

Leah Harris, M.A. possesses over two decades of experience writing, speaking, and training on trauma, mental health, addiction, harm reduction, suicide prevention, and resilience. Leah’s work is heavily informed by her lived experiences, and she is especially passionate about the integration of peer support, trauma-informed care, and person-centered approaches into all aspects of public health, human services, educational settings, and community programs. She has provided training, curriculum development, and technical assistance with the National Empowerment Center, SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC), and the National Association for State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

Consulting with the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, Leah developed a pilot curriculum for suicide attempt survivors to share their stories using an effective public health framework, and helped author The Way Forward: Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness with Insights from Lived Experience for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. She is a faculty member with the Zero Suicide Institute and the Institute for Development of Human Arts, and is thrilled to join the Zero Overdose team as a trainer.

Dr. Jorge R. Petit

Board-certified psychiatrist with over three decades in the public healthcare sector. Throughout my journey, I have steered progressively intricate systems of care, orchestrating the achievement of enduring and systemic enhancements in essential service accessibility and provision. I am inherently results-oriented, driven by a relentless pursuit of innovation, and bring a bilingual and bicultural dimension to my leadership. My experience includes navigating and guiding organizational expansion and transformation, consistently yielding positive outcomes.

A hallmark of my expertise lies in developing and implementing high-caliber, quality-driven programs that crystallize into a cohesive, person-centric model of care, deeply embedded within the community fabric. I stand as testament to my ability to produce outcomes that transcend the boundaries of conventional care, fostering an environment where integration is paramount and the individual is at the heart of every endeavor.