Congresswoman Mary Bono is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
MAPDA was created by a small group of mothers who were each struggling with the tragic consequences of prescription drug abuse or active substance use disorders. They had a shared desire to spare other parents this pain; a desire to find solace from others; and the resolve to demand action.
When MAPDA began in 2011, the opioid epidemic was a mostly silent, hidden killer. But as MAPDA spoke publicly about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, more and more parents from around the country began contacting them. They too, share the same desires for solace and action. Since their founding, hundreds of thousands more lives have been lost to this preventable epidemic.
To help combat the opioid epidemic, MAPDA believes that communities must continue to educate their youth against the dangers of both street drugs and those drugs that are prescribed by a doctor. In the near future, MAPDA would like to provide scholarships for students who live in sober dorms at select universities.