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Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, John Rutherford, Ron DeSantis, Stephanie Murphy, Bill Posey, Darren Soto, Brian Mast, Daniel Webster, Gus Bilirakis, Charlie Christ, Kathy Castor, Dennis Ross, Vern Buchanan, Francis Rooney, Alcee Hastings, Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, Mario Diaz-Balart

Tell Governor Scott that chronic pain is real and that his opioid stipulations are unfair.

Dear Governor Scott,My mother had an extensive surgery in March of 2016. It was and still is the only surgery of its kind. It was performed by Dr. Hirschl, a renowned neuro surgeon, who is apart of SHANDS at ORMC in Orlando, FL. It was a 14 hour surgery with a high risk of death, paralysis, coma, inability to ever breathe without a machine, etc. In the words of Dr. Hirschl, it was a medical miracle that she survived this surgery and that she no longer has spinal cord compression. While she no longer has neuro symptoms, she is in extreme debilitating pain. This pain haunts her every minute of every day. She is on the minimum amount of opioids that she can take (prescribed by her pain clinic) to get by. Despite this high dose of medication, she suffers every minute of everyday. If you look at her back without a shirt, you will see layers of burn marks from laying on a heating pad, at too hot of a heat setting, every day to try and curb the pain. The pain from this surgery affects her quality of life. We've tried acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, and the list goes on. Nothing can lower her pain enough to improve her quality of life. If you look at her MRI you will not question this. She has had several vertebrae removed, and her neck and upper back are made almost entirely of metal. She has no movement of her head or neck whatsover. She visibly has bolts and screws that stick out of her bony body. Please when you are making this deicision to make opioids a three day prescription, remember those who have chronic pain. She cannot live without her pain medication. Not because she is some drug abuser. But because she has a very serious CHRONIC medical condition following a very extensive one of a kind surgery that has left her crippled. The amount of pain she experiences everyday with pain medication is so great, she could not live without it. Please do not do this to her. Do not to this to the thousands of people who are barely getting by because they have documented, chronic pain. Consider those who need opioid pain medication to get by. My mom doesn't want to take pain pills. She doesn't want to be in pain. She wishes none of this ever happened and she could live a normal life. But she can't. Don't take away the only thing making her pain somewhat manageable to live through. Chronic pain is real. The cost of co-pays for three day supplies of medication is going to be a financial burden for many. Governor Scott says a 7 day supply will be allowed for extenuating circumstances. At best, those with chronic pain will have prescriptions for a maximum of 7 days if further criteria is met. This is going to affect more people than just those with chronic pain. Those receiving palliative care, those in hospice, people with cancer, etc., are going to be affected. In addition to a financial burden of constant doctors visits and medication copays, the physical burden, of endless trips, for those and their caretakers will be just as unfair.  Please sign this petition so that Governor Scott will consider those who are in chronic pain when he attempts to make changes to opioid prescriptions, limiting them to only 3 days.  Thank you.  

Brittany Small
258 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Rick Scott, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Bill Nelson, Mark Ruffalo, Pharrell Williams, Willie Nelson, Dennis Baxley, Aaron Bean, Lizbeth Benacquisto, Lauren Book, Randolph Bracy, Rob Bradley, Jeff Brandes, Oscar Braynon, Doug Broxson, Daphne Campbell, Jeff Clemens, Greenpeace USA, Gary Farmer, Anitere Flores, George Gainer, Bill Galvano, Rene Garcia, Audrey Gibson, Denise Grimsley, Dorothy Hukill, Greg Steube, Travis Hutson, Jack Latvala, Tom Lee, Debbie Mayfield, Bill Montford, Joe Negron, Kathleen Passidomo, Keith Perry, Bobby Powell, Kevin Rader, Jose Rodriguez, Darryl Rouson, Wilton Simpson, Kelli Stargel, Linda Stewart, Perry Thurston, Victor Torres, Dana Young

Ban Styrofoam Packaging and Plastic Bags in Florida

Florida is plagued with a frightening problem. A problem that’s catastrophic for the environment and detrimental to your health. Are you aware that Styrofoam never decomposes? And further, did you know that Styrofoam is created from several dangerous, cancer causing chemicals including benzene and styrene?  Styrofoam is non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. It’s a petroleum-based plastic that once used and disposed of, stays in our environment forever. Plastic bags are causing another horrific environmental crisis. Disposable plastic bags may be convenient but are a massive source of man-made pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), around one trillion disposable plastic bags are used each year and less than 5 percent are recycled! In the United States, we use over 380 billion plastic bags yearly, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to create. Plastic bags remain in landfills, forests, and oceans for at least 450 years! Plastic bags are especially harmful to Florida’s oceans as they trap, suffocate, disfigure, and cause death to marine animals. Both Styrofoam and plastic are light enough to float in water, which can be seen as food sources to some aquatic life. Therefore, the environmental impact of Styrofoam and plastic is disastrous. Manatees, fish, and even land animals can mistake these materials for food, which can harm or kill them. For example, a floating plastic bag may look like a jellyfish to a hungry sea turtle. For this reason, we created this project called Update the Sunshine State.   Although Florida is famously known as "The Sunshine State," when it comes to solar energy and sustainability, Florida is embarrassingly lackluster.  Florida is a state of breathtaking beaches, endless sunshine, and beautiful wildlife. However, Florida is horribly unsustainable. Plastic bags galore, Styrofoam packaging everywhere (seriously people, are we stuck in the 80's!?), minimal solar power usage, businesses not recycling, etc... It goes without saying that the state of Florida is in need of a progressive and forward thinking movement in the area of environment and sustainability. This is why our mission is to upgrade the sunshine state. Banning Styrofoam packaging and plastic bags is our first sustainable step. We invite you to join our mission.    Here’s What you Can Do: * Please sign and share this petition * When at a restaurant, request the use of safer, more environmentally friendly packaging alternatives  * Bring reusable bags to the grocery store  * Use a reusable coffee mug  * Ask your employer to remove Styrofoam and plastic, replacing them with washable, re-usable materials  * Share this information with your family, your friends, and your co-workers  * Get involved locally! Talk to your town’s mayor. Email your area’s senator. Reach out to Governor Rick Scott  Update the Sunshine State is NOT a political project. This dire environmental issue exists whether you believe or disbelieve in global warming and/or climate change.  Truth of the matter is, if we don’t take action NOW, Styrofoam packaging and plastic bags will continue to destroy our precious environment, beautiful oceans, and entire ecosystem. Let your voice be heard!  Whether or not you live in Florida, please sign and share this petition. Sign it for the sea turtles and manatees. Sign it for the panthers and ospreys. Sign it for your children. Sign it for future generations. We all share the same living space; Earth - the place we call our home. Please, let it be known that you care. With your support, we can Update the Sunshine State!  Connect and share: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Join our Hashtag Community -- tag pics of plastic bags or Styrofoam litter in your neighborhood and attach this petition link.   Use these hashtags: #BanPlasticBags #BanStyrofoam #UpdateTheSunshineState  

Michael Tamez
378 supporters