Trucking foundation contributes to fentanyl awareness organization

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The Trucking Cares Foundation, the American Trucking Associations' charitable arm, donated $25,000 to Voices for Awareness, a national organization aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of illicit fentanyl in the U.S.

“TCF is pleased to announce that we have made a significant contribution to Voices for Awareness. The ATA family and trucking at large is determined to deliver positive awareness to the growing Fentanyl crisis in America,” said TCF Chairman Phil Byrd, president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express. “Our citizens, employees, and families are being devastated by this evil drug and I’m proud that TCF has decided to get involved in this critical need.”

Founded in 2018, the Voices for Awareness Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness that illicit fentanyl is highly addictive and can cause sudden death.

“The number of deaths in the United States due to fentanyl poisoning is staggering," said Andrea Thomas, founder of Voices for Awareness."Illicit fentanyl is found in pills and powders and has made its way into every street drug. Teen deaths have dramatically increased due to fentanyl poisoning. Tragically, nationwide drug-related deaths reached a new record in 2022 with 109,680 people perishing as the fentanyl crisis continues to deepen."

The Trucking Cares Foundation focuses on several core areas, including humanitarian and disaster relief; eradicating human trafficking; leadership development; strengthening the industry’s relationships with law enforcement, the military and veterans’ organizations; safety and research opportunities.