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drug addiction

7 petitions

Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Tennessee Legislature

Help end the addiction cycle

My name is Kim McCoy Hill. I’m a nurse in Knoxville, TN and I never imagined that my son’s life would turn out this way. He’s struggled with drug addiction since he was 15 years old. He’s now 28 -- and most recently was addicted to Heroin.  He’s currently serving time in a Tennessee jail, convicted of a non-violent crime related to his drug use. Across the nation, about two thirds of inmates are dealing with addiction. As with my son, it is a constant cycle for many with addiction: they get in trouble with the law while trying to get money to pay for his habit and go to jail where treatment is unavailable. They are then released, still addicts, and the cycle starts over. Shortly before this latest trip to jail, he’d hit rock-bottom. He called me from Pittsburgh last October and told me he was tired of his lifestyle. He was ready to get help to kick his habit. He asked for a bus ticket home, which I provided. But I had no resources to pay for private drug treatment and the waiting list for publicly-funded drug treatment is extremely long. Enough is enough. We have to end the cycle. The only way to do that is to require that inmates get the treatment they need. It’s key to ensuring once released they do not return to prison. We know it’s cheaper to treat addiction than it is to pay for prisoners. Tell the Tennessee Legislature to help lead the fight against the addiction crisis in our country by making treatment available to any addict who wants it while incarcerated. The opioid and heroin epidemic is real, folks. I see it in my work as a pediatric nurse. It is affecting families all across Tennessee and all across the nation. Please sign my petition and help people like my son Jimmy get the treatment they need while in prison.

Kim Hill
35,377 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Merredith Cunniff, Marty Walsh

Help the Opioid crisis in MA by reopening Long Island for services

On October 8, 2014, the bridge leading to Boston Harbor's Long Island was deemed unsafe. That evening, I had 2 hours to evacuate 60 of my patients suffering from substance use disorder, seeking treatment and in a stable, safe environment. That evening was the start of a public health crisis. Over 700 patients were on that island that evening in various levels of care such as detox, stabilization and half way houses. There was also a reentry program for men coming out of prison and homeless shelter that provided amazing services to this population. With one phone call that evening, all of those services were lost. All of those patients were rushed away from the only place they felt safe and with people that cared about them. They had to leave their belongings, all they owned, and be uprooted in early sobriety to fend for themselves in overcrowded programs that we received help from, temporarily. Over 3 years later, we are in a furthering state of public health crisis. The MA State Police have statistics that an average of 6 people a day die from Opioid related overdoses. We don't have the resources we need because the demand is so high. The unsafe bridge was blown up and people forgot about this population. Recently, at the Mayor of Bostons inaugural address, Mayor Walsh announced he would rebuild the bridge and resume substance use disorder treatment services. The state of MA with the city of Boston would finally see help and hope with this crisis. Unfortunately, the Mayor of Quincy has stated he will not rebuild the bridge to get to the island. The reasons he gave were financial and neighbooods being inconvenienced. As you may be able to sense, there's quite a bit of politics involved with this bridge. I am here to make it transparent and emphasize the dire need to rebuild that bridge and resume services for a forgotten population. I care about this population and I am also part of this population. I was a nurse at a detox on Long Island shortly after I received treatment for my own substance use disorder. What people don't see is the success stories with treating this disorder. I was treated and am a nurse, mother and productive, healthy member of society. I want everyone to have that chance. By limiting the availability to be of service to a dying generation, we are part of the problem. I ask that you be part of the solution and help me, help this Opioid crisis by getting this bridge back up where it belongs. Everyone deserves a chance at Recovery. No politician, or human being for that matter, should ever dictate whether a person lives or dies. I want to see this bridge on Boston Harbor some day soon. Please help them. 

Merredith Cunniff
9,403 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens, Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House, Jason Smith, Missouri House of Representatives, Donald Trump, Federal Drug Administration, Claire McCaskill, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States

Legalize Marijuana in the state of Missouri Medicinal and Recreational.

I Believe Marijuana should be legalized for anyone who wants to use the drug to receive the benefits from the substance. I think it would slow the Opioid epidemic and somewhat balance out the herion problem. I have talked to users of the drug and other drugs and most of them wouldn't even think about heroine use if they had something to ease there pain. NOT ALL DRUG ADDICTS ARE EQUAL, THERE ARE DOCTOR ADDICTED AND there are  STREET ADDICTED. DOCTORS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO STOP PRESCRIBING OPIATES DUE TO THE  PRESCRIBER EPIDEMIC .THATS NOT FAIR FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LEGITIMATELY IN "PAIN". MARIJUANA YES HAS ITS NEGATIVE AND ITS POSITIVE BENEFITS. Alot of pain patients are being fired from there providers for a positive urine sample or mouth swab simply from marijuana. "No one has ever died from using Marijuana that I know of unless it's maliciously tampered with". I also think that the Government local and state and the federal level should begin to decriminalize the substance. Alcohol claims the lives of people everyday, Yet Marijuana is illegal. I believe we as citizens of this state need to stand up for our rights and policies of lawmakers to not just create a epidemic like the Opioid epidemic. I believe the citizens of this great state of Missouri need to sign this petition on Change for decriminalization of marijuana. You can't just stop the opiate addiction many of the citizens of this state Depend on opiates to maintain everyday life. When opiates are taken away abruptly from a legitimate people who need them  and nothing given in it's place to help the pain of course HEROINE a very strong powerful substance that most of the lives it has claimed most likely are from patients who seek relief. LIVING With it is in some instances is  way than WORSE THAN DYING WITH IT AT LEAST IT STOPS".   I believe this is why? People self medicate when forced to do so... It's an epidemic alright that takes life's everyday with no criminal penalty  Yet the real gateway drug "Alcohol" is readily available on every shelf almost  everywere. If you believe Marijuana should be legalized in state of Missouri the Please sign the petition for change and start the decriminalization of Marijuana. It's benefits are many and alcohol has none medically. "It would also reduce the prision population by 1/3 in my opinion" it would be a lucriticve change financially for our state to say the least. I have copied Missouri executive branch Governor Greitiens and the Senate and House of Representatives on this petition. Thank you. 

Rickie Holifield
378 supporters