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heroin epidemic

23 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Mayor of Martinsburg WV George Karos, City Councilmen Gregg Wachtel, Donald Anderson,, BC County Councilman Doug Copenhaven, Jim Whitacre, James Barnhart, Elaine Mauck, Dan Dulyea

Berkeley County, WV and Martinsburg, WV We Need A Drug Treatment Center in our Community!

We are in a heroin epidemic here in our community. We need a treatment facility in Martinsburg, WV and Berkeley County. Berkeley County has reached the highest level of Drug Overdose daily in the State of West Virginia. We also have the highest Drug Overdose deaths in West Virginia. Those opposed say "Not in my neighborhood. It's too close to churches. It's too close to the schools. My property values will drop." We've heard the excuses Not in your neighborhood? Look around you. It's in everyone's neighborhood. Too Close to churches? Inside the city limits, where do you think this activity is going on. Right in many of the church parking lots. When the churches here are putting up signs in their parking lots relating to this type of activity. It's around the churches already. Too close to Schools? Are you kidding me? It's already happening already inside of the schools as well as around the schools here. Your property values will go down? Show us your statistics that say that. The city of Martinsburg Council and Berkeley County Council you need to complete the studies needed. Both council chambers need to work together in a joint effort on this matter and work together. Lack of effort was the biggest objection from the council members who voted against it. Mayor of Martinsburg, City Council members, Berkeley County Council Members- Wake up and look around you. In case you haven't realized this, the entire county of Berkeley (WV) and the City of Martinsburg (WV) is being consumed because of this heroin epidemic. We have lost way too many already to this epidemic already and will continue to lose many more because we need a treatment facility right here in Martinsburg, WV or in Berkeley County. Many of the heroin addicted have children. Many, many children in this community have already lost their parents to this heroin epidemic already. Those children of the addicted are the future of our community. Too many people here have already lost someone they love to this heroin epidemic. One thing that does not deny the need for this treatment center is the numbers as listed: The growing number of heroin and opiate addiction overdoses per day. The number of deaths related to heroin and opiate abuse. The number of crimes here associated with heroin and opiate addictionThe growing numbers of those addicted to heroin and opiates. Those who may try heroin for the first time... today!The number of children of those addicted to heroin and opiatesThe growing number of babies being born into this epidemic by mother abusing and addicted to heroin and opiates None of these numbers lie. Not only do the numbers prove the need for this treatment center this is also rapidly growing into a public health concern due to the diseases associated with IV drug use. Needles are being disposed of everywhere. Parents are finding needles and used condoms in our parks, on the streets, in parking lots, and in their backyards. Everyone is impacted in some way directly or indirectly by this heroin epidemic in our town whether or not you realize it. If someone is having a heart attack and goes to the hospital- they will get treatment first and then a bed. When someone overdoses on heroin they are lucky if the treatment gets to them in time. If so, they are taken to the hospital, they are treated and released. Why? Because there are no beds available in the places they need to go for help. Why is that you may wonder? Because heroin has taken over most of the communities in West Virginia. There are no beds available. We need a facility here in Martinsburg/Berkeley County so that our own local people will get the help and treatment needed for their addiction. We are tired of hearing the excuses. We need to see the reality of this treatment center  Yesterday was too late. We need it today! Mayor of Martinsburg, WV and City Council Members, Berkeley County Council President and County Council Members  We need all of the pillars of treating this disease right here in our community. The most important pillar missing is an inpatient treatment facility for those who are suffering from the disease of addiction. To those signing, thank you for your support. Please continue sharing this petition with those you know and thank you for being a voice of Hope and of Healing for those suffering from this disease.   

Cindy Koontz
4,127 supporters
Update posted 2 months 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
35,213 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to John Kasich

I want to bring justice to the children who have no voice in the heroin epidemic

We all are aware of the Heroin epidemic in Ohio and need to strive for a change. This is all I read while doing research for this petition. In 2016 Ohio was the state to have the most overdose deaths in the nation. This has to stop. Governor John Kasich signed the House Bill 110, also known as "911 Good Samaritan" law that grants immunity to overdose calls. This grants the person overdosing 2 chances of immunity from any charges. The two provisions added were " immunity is only good for two times and not available for people on parole or probation". The second was Medical professionals can share with law enforcement the name and address of the person who overdosed for further investigation and follow-up. Many people worry this will prevent people from doing the right thing by calling 911 because the person overdosing and/ or the caller will be charged and put in jail. My problem with this bill is that I keep hearing and reading how this bill was signed so we could save lives and hopefully find a solution to the on going problem. My problem I face is that people are overdosing while their children or other children are around and they witness these things. This can be torturous to a child, as mine had to witness it on a weekend they were spending with their father. This is the story they retold to me as well as my fiance'. I was horrified to think someone could do this with their children in the home. On December 10th my children ages 6 and 11 were with their father while his girlfriend was working. He had a couple buddies over and my children were asked by their father to go in the other room while he spoke to these guys. My children respectfully gave him his space and went back to playing. About 15 minutes later the guys left and my children wanted to play with their dad. They said he told them he wanted to lay down. Minutes later he was asking them crazy questions such as "did I smoke my cigarette?" My youngest son went in and got my oldest son as he knew something wasn't right. My oldest son went in to talk to his father and said he looked sick. So they left him sleep for a couple minutes. My youngest son went back in wanting to play because this was the second day of the weekend and he knew time was ticking. He ran back out to get my oldest son because his father had "white stuff" coming out of his mouth and sweating really bad. His eyes were rolling into the back of his head and he kept making these weird noises my youngest son explained. My oldest son picked up the phone and called the first person listed in the contacts and this was his father's girlfriend. She told me the boys explained everything to them and she finished delivering pizzas and didn't want the kids to hang up with her to call 911 she was going to see what was going on. 45 minutes later she rushes home to find him unresponsive and my children scared to death. She called me right away to ask what to do and I told her to call 911 I would be there to pick my children up. The scene that I pulled up to scared me so I know the boys were scared. 2 police cars and a EMS. My fiance' went into the house to get my boys because I was so furious I didn't want to see either of their faces. My children came out of the house with clothes falling out of their book bags, shoes untied, and shorts on in December. This is the image that will never leave my mind. Things had been going great with visitation for about 3 months prior to this and he had not seen them prior to that 3 months for almost a year. He claimed to be drug free. This is the problem he was never charged even though he was on parole. My children had to witness this first hand and are aware that they did an amazing job and saved a life. What about these children that do not have one out of two parents drug free? If these children live in a home where 2 parents are addicts they have to live though this more than once and maybe up to 4 times (2 times each parent) before the police are able by law to make them responsible for putting these kids in these awful situations? If the children do not see the adult have any consequences to their actions what is that teaching our children? When will the cycle stop if the kids are seeing the mistake made but the law is unable to punish them. This problem is going to keep growing because the children are the victim and someone needs to step up and be their voice. They need to know right from wrong and understand that when you do illegal things like drugs the law will not back you up. The law that was passed is fair I believe but when a child is involved there should be no immunity the user didn't just endanger themselves they endangered a child they are supposed to protect and show them right from wrong. How can we beat this epidemic when we are teaching the children that when they see a parent overdose it's okay because they were saved by the real hero's, EMS and the Police Officers. They should look up to their parent as the hero's. This bill needs to be changed so we can break the cycle and bring the understanding of the law back to our children and future generations. Illegal mean against the law and should stay that way. Endangering or neglecting a child is a crime in all other situations such as driving while intoxicated. The person drinks and that is completely legal until they get behind the wheel of a car and drive with their children in tow. What happens? They are arrested, cited with DUI, charged with child endangering, and it all stemmed from a legal action. When a drug user uses a drug it is illegal, when they overdose because of that drug, that's illegal. When they endanger a child by using the drugs and overdose and have to be revived while leaving the child unattended because they are incoherent.... That is legal because of Bill 110 that was signed by the governor that grant the user immunity. Some may say I have no clue what I am talking about because I have never been down that road. Correction, I have been and this is why I am fighting so hard because some of these children do not have a parent fighting for their best interest so I WILL. I was a user for many years, lost loved ones due to an overdoses, and have witnessed it first hand. I have changed my life around and have given my children a fighting chance, but some may not do the same because the addiction is much stronger than they are at that point in their life. Maybe it's time we have tough love and show the children when you do something wrong it will not be tolerated or excepted. Fight for justice for the children, fight for our future, fight for what is right!  

Deana Papp
2,779 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to Phil Murphy, Sheila Oliver, Joe Vitale

Change policy for Recovery Housing in NJ

New Jersey's antiquated laws do not currently support Best Practices for Recovery Residences as recognized by SAMHSA and modeled by many other states who follow the NARR (National Alliance of Recovery Residences) standards. See link: https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources/hpr-resources/recovery-homes-help-people Currently, New Jersey's Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Rooming and Boarding House Standards do not align nor comply with the Federal Fair Housing Act which allows group homes to exist without discrimination in any residential zone.  Addictions are disabilities and people who suffer from drug or alcohol addictions qualify as having a disability and worthy of non-discrimination.   The only type of recovery housing that is exempted from the Rooming and Boarding House Standards are the "Oxford House" or “Oxford-like” houses. The major difference is that Oxford Houses are democratically run by the residents. They all have to vote on who moves in and who is expelled from the house. They also have to control their own bank account as a house and pay all of their bills jointly. This is good for some but not for all. For all the NIMBY people out there, we would just pose one question - WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A SUPERVISED RECOVERY HOUSE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR UNSUPERVISED? Right now, what is allowed is the unsupervised model, so when a recovery house gets inspected by DCA, they tell you that you have to become Oxford-like and remove your house manager. The landscape of those living in recovery housing has changed over the years. Where it was once an older alcoholic, it is now many times the young heroin addict. What makes NARR Level 2 & 3 houses so successful is the accountability residents have to Recovery Support Specialists, accountability to clean urines, curfews, chores, and the therapeutic value of one resident helping another. Lori Criss, who helped define the model for Recovery Housing in Ohio stated, “Safe and affordable housing is essential for all people. For a person disabled by the disease of addiction, residential stability is a critical part of recovery. Research indicates that the longer a person remains in an alcohol- and drug-free environment with support for recovery, the greater the chance of long-term sobriety, increased financial well-being, and overall stability.” New Jersey needs to recognize that more is needed than Oxford Houses and that licensing through DCA is not the answer. Many other states have led the way with Recovery Housing becoming certified through a NARR affiliate using the NARR standards. Accredited programs meet the high level standards that assure a high caliber of service in addressing the needs of the addicted community. It is imperative during this major opioid epidemic that we have easy access to structured supportive sober living in NJ. Please support the bill A3607 to ensure that Recovery Housing is done right.

Hansen Foundation
2,168 supporters