What is Sage's Army all about?
Sage’s Army is a 501(c)(3) non-profit drug awareness/prevention organization created in honor of Sage Capozzi, a promising young man who lost his life to substance use disorder. Our primary goal is to offer support, guidance, and encouragement to others who have also been affected by this spreading epidemic.
In today’s world, social stigmas and prejudices blind the majority, not allowing many to feel compassion for those with substance use disorders. Sage was a young man who had dreams and aspirations. He loved his family and friends, and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. Sage enjoyed golfing and was a born musician just like his father. He regularly performed at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh. Sage’s goal was to attend college while working for his father’s business. He also had discussed entering the Navy. Sage brought a smile to anyone he was around. Substance use disorder DOES NOT discriminate. Black/white, rich/poor, male/female — it simply doesn’t matter.
Therefore, in honor of Sage, we are committed to bringing awareness and comfort to the children and parents of our communities. In just a short time, the members of Sage’s Army have grown to over 8,200 people. The Army has been contacted by individuals who have all been touched, in some way, by drugs and substance use disorder. Many people are writing in to offer support and ideas to create awareness. Others want to share their story. We welcome anyone to join our group.
Our ultimate goal would be eradicate the stigmas that prevent society from seeing the true national issue that is opiate/opioid abuse and substance use disorder. Our mission is to raise awareness within our communities, influence compassion and understanding, and to take action in combating the beast of substance use disorder.
Substance use disorder will never be completely removed from our communities. Although this is out of our control, we will continue to focus on what we CAN control — spreading our message of hope and life: one person at a time, one life at a time.