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Walberg Invites Substance Abuse Prevention Advocate from Jackson to President Trump’s Joint Address

February 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today announced that Jackson resident and substance abuse prevention advocate, Mike Hirst, will be his guest at President Trump's first Joint Address to Congress on Tuesday, February 28. Mike Hirst is the founder of Andy's Angels, a non-profit foundation which educates the community on opioid and heroin abuse and provides support for families and individuals suffering from addiction. Andy's Angels is named in memory of Mike's son, Andy, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 24. In 2016, the Jackson Citizen Patriot recognized Mike Hirst as its "Citizen of the Year."
"In communities all across Michigan, heroin and opioid addiction has left dreams unfulfilled and claimed far too many lives," said Walberg. "Through his work speaking at schools and forums, counseling addicts, and supporting families, Mike Hirst has been a tireless and compassionate advocate for raising awareness about the dangers of drug addiction and offering a helping hand to those in need. I'm honored to welcome Mike to our nation's capital and recognize people like him who fight on the front lines to reverse the trends of addiction."

A member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, Congressman Walberg continues to collaborate with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level to raise awareness and develop best practices to fight heroin and opioid addiction. For more information on Walberg's work on this issue, visit