The White House will recognize Detroit Recovery Project founder Andre Johnson April 29 for his efforts to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse.
Johnson will be recognized as a “Champion of Change for Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.” It is part of the Obama administration’s effort to highlight “individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities,” according to the White House.
Johnson was one of 10 champions chosen from 920 nominees. He will be recognized at a White House event featuring Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
“From Detroit to his work overseas, Andre has chosen to dedicate his talents to serve the American people,” Jarrett said in a statement.
Johnson is being celebrated for raising $15 million in local, state and federal grants for the Detroit Recovery Project to help addicts with treatment and recovery services as well as promote prevention.