The public awareness initiative lead to the creation of; what became known as, the “Public Health and Safety Coalition”. Members of the Coalition became the supporting drivers behind the Southwest District Naloxone pilot program. In the spring of 2014, IMPD Southwest District officers were trained in the identification of opiate overdoses and the administration of Naloxone as a counteragent. As of the end of 2014, there were approximately 40 administrations of Naloxone by IMPD Southwest District Officers. This is in addition to the over 1,000 administrations by Indianapolis EMS in Marion County for the year.David Spurgeon obtained a degree in Criminal Justice in 2005 from Ivy Tech State College. He is completing a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana State University. He is the recipient of the 2014 Drug Free Marion County Award.
Recovery Committee Chair
Prevention Committee Chair
Kellie Hamilton is employed by Aetna Better Health in the Medicaid Division. She has worked in managed care for over thirty years, and has an extensive background as a national contract negotiator in network development. Currently, she is a Business Program Project Manager with the Medicaid New Growth Team.
In 2015, her work team took on an opioid awareness project that opened her eyes to this crisis. When she learned that a coalition was starting at her alma mater, and in the community where she grew up, she decided to become involved. Since that time, she has become aware of numerous friends who have experienced this epidemic in their own families, and that has driven her to do her part in this effort. She chose to make a hands-on difference at the individual level.
Christina Owens is ten year resident of Decatur Township. As a wife and a mother of two, Christina is invested in the community and its youth. She is an eight year veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard, where she served as a line medic to the 1313th ENG Co, based in Franklin, IN. Service and community are her passions. Christina brings her Criminal Justice education and personal experience of a having a loved one struggle with addiction. Christina has completed a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Public Safety Chair
Tracey Lomax serves as the Public Safety Chair for the Decatur Township Drug Free Coalition. Tracey is currently a Detective with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Behavioral Health Unit. Detective Lomax has a very strong working knowledge in law enforcement and public safety where he has been involved in various projects over his seventeen year career.
Detective Lomax believes in being able to promote the intersection of public safety, mental health, personal and community wellness for individuals who may suffer from addictions while working to improve the quality of life for individuals along with connecting them to resources.