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Petition to Pam Helming, George Amedore, Robert Ortt, Terrence Murphy, Catharine Young, Patti Ruff, Diane Savino, Michael Venditto, Pam Helming

Give Me and Other Families the Power to Save Our Children's Lives, Pass Casey's Law in NYS

I am writing to you as a voter, a counselor in both mental health and addiction treatment services and a parent  concerned with the prescription pill opiate / heroin health crisis epidemic that has been sweeping  across our nation and in New York State. With the current system in place thousands of addicted loved ones across New York State do not meet the criteria set forth by their insurance companies either to be eligible for inpatient treatment or allow the needed length of time to address opiate addiction and how it restructures the brain. Families have no recourse if their loved ones are adults so many go without proper treatment and continue the deadly cycle of abuse. Every day an addicted loved one goes without proper treatment they can die. Many die while waiting to receive treatment and there are countless roadblocks, dead ends and revolving doors in the process of someone reaching out for help. The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse intervention provides a means of intervening with someone who is unable to recognize his or her need for treatment due to their substance abuse impairment and many have co-occurring disorders. This law will allow parents, relatives and/or friends to petition the court for treatment on behalf of the substance abuse-impaired person. Denial and distorted thinking impedes a person's ability to make a rational decision. The “bottom” for many is death. Addiction is a progressive, life-threatening disease and the best hope of survival for a person who is substance abuse impaired is intervention. Casey’s Law has already been passed in Kentucky and there are similar laws in Florida (Marchman Act) and Ohio (Ohio Senate Bill 117). Studies show that involuntary treatment can be just as successful as voluntary treatment. Most individuals who are substance abuse-impaired receive court-ordered treatment only after they have become arrested for a crime while under the influence of a substance. Drugs and crime often go hand-in-hand because people who are substance abuse impaired are forced by their disease to resort to any means necessary to procure their drug and not become sick. Court-ordered treatment can be effective regardless of who initiates it. Not all people who are substance abuse impaired are arrested or, in the event that they are, may not receive the necessary treatment. Please help me to help my child and so many other families in need of this law. My son Nicholas, an all-American boy, became dependent on painkillers. His dependence was partly due to a combination of a leg injury and dealing with depression from losing a classmate. He began using prescription pain pills and it soon got the better of him. Now he’s an addict. There’s little I can do for him, the current system doesn’t allow me to intervene on his behalf since he’s over 18. So I am forced to stand idly by as my brave, smart son turns into someone I barely recognize. Casey’s Law would give me the power to help my son live. Casey’s Law, which already exists in Kentucky and Ohio, allows the loved ones of an addict to help petition the court to mandate treatment. Instead of feeling helpless, the parent, relative, or friend can take action, and help an addict get control of his life. Even as a counselor and working in the field of addiction treatment there were many obstacles to face in getting immediate treatment. Casey’s Law has been proven to keep families together and serve as an invaluable tool for families to intervene on the substance abuse disorder of a loved one regardless of age and without criminal charges. I am asking the New York Senate and House to help save thousands of families by passing Casey’s Law in New York.    My name is Rachel Bruzee. For years, I’ve worked in different arenas of crisis intervention and, human service programs. My work is important to me and I have continued my education to better serve in the work I have a passion for in helping people. I know I am helping people in their darkest hour. But I never thought this darkness would strike my own son. Since age three, Nicholas wanted to be a fireman. At 16, he became one of the youngest volunteer firemen in the Seneca County, New York. And in 2008, he responded to more fire calls than there are days in the year, risking his life to rescue others. But now it’s he, and substance-impaired individuals like him, that needs to be rescued. This law is prudent, and humane, and loved ones of addicts across the country are raising their voices to get it passed. Alabama, California, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Washington are all currently trying to enact versions of Casey’s Law. I am a petrified parent trying to save her son. But I am also speaking out for the many parents and relatives of addicts who are unable to speak for themselves. Please join me in asking the New York State Congress and Senate to pass Casey’s Law and help keep families intact.

Rachel Bruzee
7,302 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Robert Califf MD, Peter Lurie, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray, Larry C. Gilstrap III, M.D., Bob Casey Jr., Jeff Shuren MD, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD, Donald J. Trump

Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.

Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques.  Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator.  However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer.  Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well.  Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body.   This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer.  It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.  This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades.  A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma.  This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation.  A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept.  Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation.  This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice.  People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out.  We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=188 ) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23189178) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21565389). The attached video below shows an example of morcellation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPkKw0j-aXE The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6luiX6UQmg  Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.

Hooman Noorchashm
93,027 supporters