Chairperson | FED UP! Coalition
Emily Walden lost her son TJ, a Kentucky National Guardsman to the opioid epidemic in 2012. She has been traveling to Washington DC every year pushing for change, specifically changes to the FDA. Emily started the Kentucky chapter of Stoppnow (stop the organized pill pushers now) in 2015. In 2017 she testified before the FDA concerning the reformulated Opana ER which resulted in the decision to remove it from the market.In January 2019 she was elected Chairperson for FED UP! a national coalition to end the opioid epidemic; and has served as lead organizing the FED UP! International Overdose Awareness Day rallies across the country. Emily is devoted to ensuring the pharmaceutical industry is held accountable and the FDA makes the necessary changes to prevent future epidemics.