Epidemic letter to The President
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Please find our letter to President Trump, HHS Burwell, and key Govt. and our state officials regarding a declaration of a public health emergency by HHS Secratary Burwell and a National State Of Emergency by President Donald Trump.
Sarah P Ahern
President Donald Trump
HHS Secretary Burwell
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Gov. Charlie Baker
MA HHS Mary Lou Sudders
Mayor Martin Walsh
To Whom It May Concern,
We the undersigned are writing to demand President Trump, HHS Secretary Burwell, and key federal and state stakeholders declare a National State of Emergency (and subsequent National Public Health
emergency, and state specific PHE ) in response to the public health crisis we are facing that is taking
365 beautiful lives every day to a preventable disease.
Since the passage of The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed into law on July 12, 2016
with no real funding our nation has lost over 10,000 Americans to unintentional drug overdose.
Some communities are losing 5 a day and counting.
This National Crisis has claimed millions for two decades and is taxing all of our states public health and safety departments. The states simply don't have the means or the infrastructure to" Turn The Tide" in this deadly epidemic. Americans are dying hourly because they can't access treatment for lack of resources and "Stigma " which is alive and well in various communities all across the country.
We are devastated, helpless, and angry as this preventable condition kills our loved ones, destroys
families and is unraveling the very fabric of our society.
We are tired of our loved ones who struggle with the disease of addiction continuing to be treated as
second class citizens for having a medical disease by the very people tasked to help. Hospitals and ERs
are shuttering their doors in an epidemic they caused violating the very oath they took to heal and
protect and most importantly do no harm. This is one of THE biggest barriers to treatment.
There is no more time to wait, This epidemic is like having an F4 tornado dropping in every community.
Just imagine that, Without a National response, We will not beat this and We will lose an entire
We implore HHS secretary Burwell to declare a Public Health Emergency in accordance with Public
Health Services Act ( PHS) ( section 301, 319) FFDC Act, Social Security Act and activate the US Public Health Service ( USPHS),the National Disaster Medical system ( NOMS) and deploy the Medical Reserve Corps.
We implore President Donald Trump to then declare through Executive order a National Emergency in
accordance with National Emergency Act ( NEA) sections 201, 319 to authorize a true National
Emergency response as Congress couldn't be bothered to take this National Crisis seriously even in light of the preventable deaths mounting daily.
The declaration of a National State of Emergency will authorize the National Medical Corp. (NMC) to
assist communities in hospitals, army bases, hospital ships to treat acutely patients who need that level of care as would happen during a National disaster. It will also authorize the HHS Secretary to release funds directly to the states and local communities. It will demand hospitals open beds to patients
suffering with SUD and authorize use of federal facilities including Military bases/hospitals/ships for
In 2009 President Obama declared a state of emergency in response to the H1N1 flu strain. During this time I was a Practice Manager for an Internist and saw first hand how quickly federal, state, and local resources were activated, yet no deaths occurred during this outbreak. Again with Ebola billions were spent on a disease that netted zero US deaths. The same I fear will happen with the Zika virus where no US deaths have occurred yet Congress again is asking for billions.
We can no longer wait for the infrastructure to be built or for Congress to vote on the 2017 budget
without a guarantee of promised funding.
We need help Now!
We carry the weight of millions of Americans and their lost loved ones who stand with us and are ready to serve.
Sarah P. Ahern, Founder EndTheStigma
William Pfaff, founder Heroin Is Killing My Town
Please Note: The research contained within this document concerning The Declaration of a National
State of Emergency and subsequent PHE is the sole property of Sarah P Ahern, Founder EndTheStigma.
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