Zero Overdose Applauds the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative for Paving the Way for Overdose Prevention in Tulsa

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Tillson, NY – Zero Overdose is proud to recognize the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative for their pioneering work in the fight against unintentional overdose deaths in Oklahoma. Healthy Minds’ effort in uniting Tulsa’s leaders to prevent overdose, showcased in a recent article, sets the stage for Tulsa to lead as the nation’s first Zero Overdose community, combating this urgent public health crisis

Tulsa, Oklahoma is experiencing a methamphetamine-driven ‘fourth wave’ in the overdose crisis. Over a decade, meth-related deaths surged by 500% in Tulsa County. Recent Oklahoma Health Department data show methamphetamine caused 52% of Tulsa’s overdose deaths, alongside opioids (31%) and fentanyl (20%). From 2019 to 2021, Tulsa County ranked third in non-fatal overdose hospitalizations, with 3,109 admissions.

Zero Overdose promotes the Zero Overdose Safety Plan© to foster open conversations on overdose risk with individuals  who are at risk with prescribed and non prescribed substances. This plan comprises seven key parts and is completed collaboratively. This comprehensive plan serves as a crucial clinical intervention, ensuring a patient-centered approach to addressing overdose risks and fostering well-informed strategies for prevention.

“I’m encouraged by the Tulsa learning community’s commitment to ending overdose deaths in our city, and we’re thankful to Zero Overdose New York for their partnership,” said Emily McPherson, Mental Health Fellow at Healthy Minds and coordinator of the Tulsa Zero Overdose learning community. “Healthy Minds is looking forward to expanding Zero Overdose’s impact with future cohorts of the learning community.”

Zero Overdose reaffirms its commitment to collaborating with organizations like Healthy Minds to achieve our shared goal of a future with zero overdose deaths. This collaboration is a significant step toward eradicating the overdose epidemic, and we look forward to continuing our shared efforts to save lives and make a difference.

About Zero Overdose:

Zero Overdose is dedicated to preventing unintentional overdoses nationwide by pioneering proactive measures through our Overdose Safety Planning. As a non-profit, Zero Overdose has tailored evidence-based clinical tools to address overdoses. Zero Overdose is committed to fostering a culture of prevention, equipping and empowering individuals and entities to integrate life-saving overdose prevention practices seamlessly. Visit to join us in this vital mission.

About Healthy Minds Policy Initiative:

Healthy Minds is Oklahoma’s premier think tank focused on mental health issues. With a foundation of data and research, Healthy Minds collaborates with state and local leaders to develop, elevate and implement policy and community solutions that help ensure all Oklahomans have the mental health treatment and prevention services they need, when and where they need them.

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Administrative Assistant

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 Zero Overdose, 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.

Strategy and Development Advisor

Jorge 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.