Topic

addiction

4 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor

Mental Illness should take priority over just another bar in Fremantle

Dr O'Daly is a Fremantle based psychiatrist who treats many vulnerable people in the community who suffer from mental illness and addiction. His current premises are at risk of being closed due to the opening of a bar next door. Many of us feel that the treatment of severe mental illness, alcohol and substance use should be considered more important within the community than the addition of another bar. Closing a medical practice in favour of opening a bar could likely make Dr O'Daly's patients feel as though they are not valued by society. Mental illness stigma is a serious issue that patients face and the closing of his practice would only be adding to this burden. Patient Testimony: " Dr Kevin O’Daly, my psychiatrist, a man who saved my life and undoubtedly has saved countless others, is at risk of being forced out of his office in Fremantle because a pub is to be opened next door. This is especially concerning considering that many people with mental illnesses turn to alcohol and substance use to cope. It takes a lot of effort to stay sober and resilient. My Dr has been operating there for over two years, and he will be forced to leave because obviously, he cannot operate next door to somewhere serving liquor.  With issues related to alcohol and substance abuse falling well within the scope of what Dr O'Daly treats, this will create a conflicting environment for these patients, in what should be a safe refuge for healing. I don’t want everyone to know about my business but this is so important that I want to share it. This man is the reason I survived severe mental illness and can now contribute to society. I am so thankful for that opportunity. He helps so many of the most vulnerable citizens of Perth. I think it's outrageous and unfair, and sends the message that people with mental health issues aren’t important to the City of Fremantle; a part of Perth that is one of the more understanding, caring and beautiful. Hundreds of patients like me are seemingly being swiped aside so people can have a beer and chill. I think there are already plenty of places to go to do that. Places that aren’t next door to somewhere where people like me like to quietly attend and keep our business to ourselves. Dr O’Daly is not just another doctor, he is one of the most incredible health professionals I’ve had the privilege to be treated by. I have made it out of the darkest time of my life, but I know many of his patients have not and they do not deserve an additional worry. His practice, for us, can't just be replaced the way people can just go to another place to socialise. I find this heart breaking, and implore you to consider that people like myself already feel like society doesn't understand or care too much about us. His practice is a corner of or city where we can go to be heard and understood. I understand that real estate in Fremantle must be precious and sought after but I hope that just in this case, it can be noted that people like myself seek refuge at the end of High Street."  

Felicity Holroyd
776 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Representative Timothy R. Madden, Representative Benjamin Swan, Representative Gloria L. Fox, Secretary Marylou Sudders, Governor Charlie Baker, Representative Brian S. Dempsey, Representative Stephen Kulik, Representative Angelo M. Scaccia, Representative James R. Miceli, Representative Thomas M. Petrolati, Representative Robert M. Koczera, Representative Colleen M. Garry, Representative Ruth B. Balser, Representative Thomas M. Stanley, Representative William Smitty Pignatelli, Representative Linda Dean Campbell, Representative Sean Garballey, Representative James M. Cantwell, Representative Carolyn C. Dykema, Representative Marcos A. Devers, Representative Paul Brodeur, Representative Tackey Chan, Representative Nick Collins, Representative Michael J. Finn, Representative Russell E. Holmes, Representative Chris Walsh, Representative Claire D. Cronin, Representative Marjorie C. Decker, Representative Jeffrey N. Roy, Representative Alan Silvia, Representative Todd M. Smola, Representative Angelo L. D'Emilia, Representative Nicholas A. Boldyga, Representative Kate D. Campanale, Representative Shawn Dooley, Representative Peter J. Durant, Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson, Representative Donald H. Wong, Attorney General Maura Healey

ENFORCE MGL CH. 52 -AN ACT RELATIVE TO SUBSTANCE USE, TREATMENT - HOSPITAL HOLDS

On March 14, 2016, Massachusetts passed and published MGL, Ch. 52 - Sessions Law and Acts of 2016: AN ACT RELATIVE TO SUBSTANCE USE, TREATMENT, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION - With an emergency preamble:  "Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to increase forthwith the availability of substance use treatment, education and prevention, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience." Specifically,  Section 51½: (b) A person presenting in an acute-care hospital or a satellite emergency facility who is reasonably believed by the treating clinician to be experiencing an opiate-related overdose, or who has been administered naloxone prior to arriving at the hospital or facility, shall receive a substance abuse evaluation within 24 hours of receiving emergency room services. A substance abuse evaluation shall conclude with a diagnosis of the status and nature of the patient’s substance use disorder, using standardized definitions as set forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as published by the American Psychiatric Association a diagnosis of a mental or behavioral disorder due to the use of psychoactive substances, as defined and coded by the World Health Organization. Each patient shall be presented with the findings of the evaluation in person and in writing, and the findings shall include recommendations for further treatment, if necessary, with an assessment of the appropriate level of care needed. Findings from the evaluation shall be entered into the patient’s medical record. [No acute-care hospital or satellite emergency facility shall permit early discharge, defined as less than 24 hours after presentation or before the conclusion of a substance abuse evaluation], whichever occurs sooner. If a patient does not receive an evaluation within 24 hours, the treating clinician shall note in the medical record the reason the evaluation did not take place and authorize the discharge of the patient.  We (Heroin is killing my town, Inc.) have been getting a large number of reports of hospitals releasing patients immediately following an overdose.  Moreover, my family was directly affected by Leominster Health Alliance Hospital's failure to adhere to the mandate. My niece, Julia Raposa, suffered an initial overdose September 29, 2016 and was discharged within an hour and a half upon presenting to the ED by way of ambulance and after receiving a life saving dose of Narcan from the EMTs. I was unable to get to the hospital in time before her release and she died of a subsequent overdose on October 9, 2016, because services were not rendered as prescribed under the law at the onset of her initial overdose on September 29th. If Leominster Health Alliance Hospital had followed this mandate, I would have been able to respond in time, and our family would have sought a Section 35 while she was being held while awaiting and undergoing the mandated evaluation; as we previously did following her overdose on Jan. 26, 2016. At that particular time, she was transported to Nashoba Valley Hospital and they followed the mandate appropriately, thus resulting in a successful intervention, which lead to a period of sobriety for 6 months prior to her death.  Please note the lead language within the text of the law:"No acute-care hospital or satellite emergency facility shall permit early discharge..." Next note the definitions: Early discharge is "defined as less than 24 hours after admission or before the conclusion of a substance abuse evaluation..." The word "shall" in legalese is to mean that there is no other alternative in following this law and it is not meant to be followed in how it is percieved to mean. The meaning is plain.  When used in statutes, contracts, or the like, the word "shall" is generally imperative or mandatory.[Independent School Dist. v. Independent School Dist., 170 N.W.2d 433, 440 (Minn. 1969)] "In common, or ordinary parlance, and in its ordinary signification, the term 'shall' is a word of command, and one which has always, or which must be given a compulsory meaning; as denoting obligation. It has a peremptory meaning, and it is generally imperative or mandatory. It has the invariable significance of excluding the idea of discretion, and has the significance of operating to impose a duty which may be enforced, particularly if public policy is in favor of this meaning, or when addressed to public officials, or where a public interest is involved, or where the public or persons have rights which ought to be exercised or enforced, unless a contrary intent appears; but the context ought to be very strongly persuasive before it is softened into a mere permission," etc.[People v. O'Rourke, 124 Cal. App. 752, 759 (Cal. App. 1932)] Since this law has gone into effect, many of the Hospital Administrations across the Commonwealth are deliberately failing to adhere to the practice of this mandate. We need this law and vital tool to be enforced as a common practice within the medical community, if we are to make any real and significant progress in fighting the epidemic.  It is my understanding that hospitals argue consent, but that is not how the law is written and consent is addressed under Section 51½(c) and should only be considered after the prescribed steps are taken in Section 51½(b), which requires the 24 hour hold and evaluation.  Your constutients demand an immediate call to action on this issue to enforce this law across the Commonwealth in uniformity to prevent further unnecessary and preventable opioid overdose deaths. 

Heroin is Killing My Town, Inc.
347 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Mark McGowan, Will Hodgman, Daniel Andrews, Andrew Barr, Gladys Berejiklian, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Jay Weatherill, Michael Gunner

Highly Addictive Drug ICE is Destroying Lives Daily. Please Help us Warn Our Nation

People are dying out there.......  The drug ICE is spreading over our nation and killing our loved ones !!!  This highly addictive substance ICE (methamphetamine) is  more soul destroying and addictive than any other illicit drug available on the market. ...From the moment you start using it, ICE starts to consume your soul, destroy your body, and erode your moral standards resulting in destructive behaviour combined with the breakdown of family values and a negative impact on society. Many users of this drug are unaware of the heavy consequences associated with the delusional affects of ICE. Too often long term addiction to methamphetamine will result in permanant irreversable damage to the body, mind and soul. Many addicts are crippled by the  effects of ICE, which disables their ability to stop this destructive cycle ... and the effects are devastating.  I was one of the very lucky few to escape its horrific entrapment. I was fortunate enough to break free from the stranglehold of ICE. Think about this .. It could have been You or God forbid your child. We never think it could happen to us,...but it does. Unfortunately this drug has infultrated its way into society targeting our young generation's social environment with utterly horrific results. Not only is Ice being used as a party/sexual drug by our youth but is also being used by high esteemed members of our society for stress relief and performance enhancement which has the reverse effect of its intended use. We need to warn our kids of the destructive effect of this drug before they are offered it. Until now we have been dealing with the impact of this highly destructive and addictive drug in a reactive way , with little or no result.   AAIC recruits and trains people who have recovered from ice addiction to deliver high impact education workshops to raise awareness and educate youth. Using people with lived experience graphically highlights the incredible dangers of trying ICE even once.  The In School Education Workshops comprise of a 75 minute interactive lesson delivering information relating to the following: _* The short and long term effects associated with ICE use; * The dangers and toxicity of the ingredients in ICE; * The mechanism of ICE addiction; * The effects on the brain, body, relationships and community; * The risks of trying ICE even once; * Communicating the risks of ICE to their peers and to take action to prevent use. The effects of ICE are immediate and highly addictive. The user is drawn in to a false sense of self and selfishness ...nothing else matters more than the next fix and they will do anything to get their next hit. Crimes corruption, prostitution and anti social behaviour become rampant as a result and law enforcement and hospital emergency rooms are stretched to capacity when dealing with the ICE user. They are often violent and destructive under the influence, resulting in abuse (both physical and verbal ) of nursing staff and law enforcement officers . ICE is  not only a killer, but also  an extreemly expensive habit to maintain  and is currently costing our economy a tremendous amount of tax payer dollars to combat its effects   ...This money would be better spent on  education and awareness to enable intervention at its inception. ...As a nation we must be pro-active and diligent if we are to have any impact whatsoever on this highly destructive drug as it is killing our young people, ruining our lives, eroding corrupting and undermining the very fabric of our society.   The AAIC Education Workshops have been highly acclaimed within Schools, the Youth Justice System, Child Safety, within our Prison System and in Mines as well as Workplaces. You can view many of these testimonials at www.australianantiicecampaign.org.au/about-us/testimonials The National Ice Task-force 2015 Report identified a tripling of ICE use among Australian teenagers over a six year period. Research conducted at the University of South Australia found brain wave patterns similar to Early Onset Parkinson's Disease in teenagers after only five or six uses of ICE. Waste water sampling by Professor Mueller and The University of Queensland found that in many areas across Australia, the discharge of ICE into our waste water increased by up to 480% over the past six years..... and what are we doing about it? Please Australia let's unite and urge our National, State and Territory Governments to take action to do something different before its too late.  By signing this pettion you are helping make a stand against this highly destructive drug and its corrosive effect on our society. Please invite others to get behind us by signing also. The difference starts with YOU.   

Andrea Simmons
2,113 supporters