Fighting the Opioid Crisis with Dodgeball

Date: April 13, 2017

Last month, members of the BID­­–Needham community joined at the Dedham High School gym to play dodgeball. But this wasn’t just any game – this was a group of people coming together to help fight the ongoing opioid crisis. In its first year, 20 teams participated in front of packed stands, raising over $20,000 in proceeds and counting, to go towards helping people in their struggle against drug addiction. The lab at BID­­–Needham donated money, raffle items, their time, and a team of eight, and the hospital made a donation to support the event as well.

Dawn Burton, a member of the lab at BID­­–Needham, organized the event for her cousin, Amy, who lost her life to opioid addiction. “It was much bigger and more successful then I had ever first imagined,” she said. “The support was amazing. Seeing so many come together for this was inspiring and the benefits of this fundraiser will have an immediate and lasting impact on the ongoing opioid crisis.”

Burton said that her intentions with money raised are to help sober houses with essentials we take for granted each day, such as toiletries, bedding, housing, and anything to help keep those recovering on track. She hopes that the event will take place annually and that it will grow. For more details, or to submit a team for next year, follow the Dodging Addiction for Amy Facebook page. Or contact