Our nonprofit organization blossomed from the hearts of a group of women who were advocating awareness about the dangers of a permanent birth control device called Essure©. After spending a few years running a support group and being advocates for women who experienced complications from this dangerous procedure, we realized there was a need for proper and complete education and information regarding ALL types of medical devices and drugs. From that need, ASHES was born. This website is the beginning of that journey; a journey to educate and inform women and men about the importance of researching any drug or device prescribed, and to advocate for those who have been harmed. We are also here to raise awareness about the pitfalls of our drug and device approval processes, and to help bring change in these practices.