Topic

Opioid Crisis

25 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to i-Mobile Group Facilitation

I am at a limit hearing survivors can't access services because of transportation...

Just as predicted, the Affordable Care Act required all Americans to have health insurance or be penalized. This brought about a greater need for primary and specialty care providers. There simply are not enough providers to meet the mandate.  The need for care is more apparent when we consider the state of mental health in America.   Did you know that nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness did not receive mental health services last year?  Along these same lines, nearly 50% of youth aged 8-15 did not receive mental health services last year.  50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.On another note, the number of millennials seeking behavioral health has increased at five times the rate of new students starting college at the same time. Millenials are a more 'connected, overscheduled, and ethnically diverse group with less patience."  They need immediate answers and are more likely to google for help. Traditional processes of care do not work for them.  In 2010, "Connecting America:  The National Broadband was initiated to facilitate remote patient monitoring health records and technology-based services.  In 2014, National Defense Authorization Act expanded telemedicine services for veterans.  New evidence-based mobile applications are now paving the way to address the urgency in removing the barriers to access, education, and support.   With 660,000 overdoses from opioid/heroin in 2016, we must act now. This crisis requires us to act swiftly in rallying around support that removes shame and guilt, stigma, access, education and support to name a few. We need your help to influence private providers to shift and extend their systems of care to meet the needs of the next generation of Americans via mobile social support.   Mobile trends to date... 91 % of adults own a cell phone 170 million tablet users expected to soar to 185 million by 2020 7.3 billion mobile subscribers expected to soar to 9.1 billion 81% of millennials use mobile for everything including work The data suggest we have to prepare to care and meet our young adults where they are.  Relapse begins long before a person decides to use. Innovation is necessary. Will you sign our petition and be a voice? Meeting people where they are is more important now, than ever-- consistency in care is paramount.  The President has lifted the ban on telehealth reimbursement for services for addiction, ADHD, and veterans.   "Pay to keep people with healthy minds versus relapse. "  Please sign, thank you. Warm regards,  Dr. Eve

Eveangel Savage
12 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Bernie Sanders, Federal Drug Administration, Kelly Ayotte, Chris Christie, United States Supreme Court

Opioid Nation: Save America’s Youth

To our legislators on behalf of the American people; The opioid epidemic has reached crisis levels. It is a national outrage and a political embarrassment. It is urgent that our government take action immediately. The core problem lays in the national perception of addiction and this must change! I propose education, funding and reform MUST happen to better deal with addiction in this country. This is no longer a Partisan issue, this is not a Bipartisan issue, this is now a HUMAN ISSUE!!!  With newly based evidence, patients who struggle with opioid addiction suffer from a chemically altered state where they no longer can make sensible choices. They are helpless individuals who deal with their own demons, and by the consequences of their behaviors, alienate themselves from families and friends. Very few efforts are made with reliable resources for education on addiction nor is there any proper service to better suit their needs. Lack of understanding how addiction affects the cognitive functions of individuals at hand has allowed many of them the responsibility of their own fate in getting care, when it should be reversed. Treatment centers across the nation are not given enough funds or attention to support the rising demand of patients that are admitted. There are very few spaces open to accommodate such a large number of individuals, along with unnecessary waiting periods that ultimately spell disaster for a time-sensitive struggle. The turn-around rate is DESPICABLE. Addiction IS a disease. It is a cancer like no other. It must be reasonably treated as such by the healthcare system, by law enforcement, and by the mental health institutions. There must be reform with how addicts are evaluated. The current procedure is obsolete, inadequate and downright neglectful. It is the very system that places alcoholism in the same basket when scientific evidence proves that they are two very different illnesses. Our very own healthcare system runs like a cartel. The “pill for every ill” practice by our health administrations is pure homicide. Doctors are misinformed of the heavy consequences of administering potent opioids to patients of every age for the most minute of cases. Little monitoring or regulation of the FDA has allowed for the release of severely addictive opioids to land in the hands of this country’s youth. The link between abuse and access is substantial. Must we need to label American doctors murderers? With the ongoing crisis, I think they have earned it. Let’s not forget the lobbyists who pocket from the healthcare system and vice versa. The American people are blatantly suffering from their greed. I hate to be that person, but until it happens to the families of those in power, change will never take place. Let’s make sure, we the American people, are SMARTER than our government. We need to open their eyes first so that action can take prescience. How many more loved ones need to die before our government does anything about it? How many more Americans need to be buried long before their time? For my brother, for the wives, husbands, children, and friends who suffered from such an ill fate, who were neglected by the American system, and given what seemed like little hope of a better future, I urge that we band together to bring awareness to this cause. We must not stop until the government takes immediate responsibility over its people!!!

Anja Gudic
26 supporters