Billboard Heroin Kills

Image from MHAA Drug Awareness Billboard Project Hagerstown, MD August 2016

We are a Maryland Statewide Advocacy Partnership

Fighting The Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates (MHAA)

We are a unique organization consisting of family members with lived experience who advocate, raise awareness and support those suffering with substance use and co-occurring mental disorders. “Save Our Children Family Peer Support” is a subsidiary of MHAA which offers weekly family support groups that currently take place in several local jurisdictions. These groups provide grief counseling and education for those seeking help.  Learn more about OUR MISSION

Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates (MHAA)

We were created in 2016 as a nonprofit grassroots resource for Maryland families affected by the opioid crisis. Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates is a 501(C)3 Nonprofit Organization. Learn more about OUR TEAM

To Save Our Children

We envision an advocacy that promotes supporting all families who are affected by the disease of addiction which will result in receiving the best possible care and the loss of fewer lives.

Ginger Rosela at graveside of son Jake Rosela 7/19/2013
Ginger Rosela’s son, Jake, lost his fight with addiction to a heroin overdose on July 19, 2013


MHAA in Action

MHAA relies on grants and donations for operating support and works year-round planning and managing fundraising events.


Awareness activities are evidenced through several billboards located in counties which promote the Good Samaritan Law, Narcan/Naloxone administration, and the dangers of opioid use. We also use the social media which consists of our facebook and website along with performing medial interviews.


Education is conducted by our members who speak and educate school administrators, students and staff on a regular basis. Many of our members attend state and federal level policy workshops and meetings to give feedback which addresses improvement in the current system fragmentation that is not conducive to the opioid epidemic. We testify at legislative hearings and educate legislators.

Family Peer Support

Family peer support services which includes treatment navigation, grief counseling, active use support program referrals and safe places to share without shame. Assisting in helping families to navigate insurance options and filing complaints

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Project Portfolio

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    Maryland Breaks the Stigma

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    Save Our Children

    Family peer support services include treatment navigation, grief counseling, active use support program referrals and safe places to share without shame.

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    What is Naloxone?

    Naloxone reverses an opioid overdose

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    Spring Concert

    at the Strathmore