Opioid Crisis

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Petition to Charles Potter Jr, Stephanie T. Bolden, Helene M. Keeley, Gerald L. Brady, Melanie George Smith, Debra Heffernan, Bryon Short, S. Quinton Johnson, Kevin Hensley, Sean Matthews, Jeff Spiegelman, Deborah Hudson, John Mitchell, Peter Schwartzkopf, Valerie Longhurst, Kimberly Williams, Stephen Smyk, James Johnson, Michael Ramone, Joseph Miro, Paul Baumbach, Edward Osienski, John Kowalko, John Viola, Earl Jaques, William Carson, Trey Charles Paradee, Wo;;oa , William Outten, Sean Lynn, Andria Bennett, Charles Postles, Lyndon Yearick, David Wilson, Harvey Kenton, Ruth Briggs King, Ronald Gray, Daniel Short, Timothy Dukes, Richard Collins, Harris McDowell, Margaret Henry, Robert Marshall, Gregory Lavelle, Catherine Cloutier, Ernesto Lopez, Anthony Delcollo, David Sokola, John Walsh, Stephanie Hansen, Bryan Townsend, Nicole Poore, David McBride, Bruce Ennis, David Lawson, Colin Bonini, Brian Bushweller, Gary Simpson, Brian Pettyjohn, Gerald Hocker, Bryant Richardson, Governor John C Carney

Delaware Needs More Drug & Alcohol Treatment Facilities

In recent years statistics have shown a drastic increase not only in opioid abuse but opioid related drug overdoses across the State of Delaware.  New numbers have projected a 71%+ increase in drug overdose related deaths [2017], surpassing all 49 other states in our country.                In Portugal, Drug and Alcohol Treatment facilities are standard and readily available to anyone who wants or needs help.  An article posted by the New York Times states "Methadone and other drug treatment programs also exist in the U.S., but are often expensive or difficult to access. The result is that only 10 percent of Americans struggling with addiction get treatment; in Portugal, treatment is standard."Did you know?            Delaware only offers very limited resources for drug and alcohol treatment?           Of those treatment options include many self pay Methadone Clinics, only a     few limited residential treatment options, and a several Intensive Outpatient Therapy private sectors.       Ask anyone who actually knows and understands the treatment options in Delaware, It's just NOT ENOUGH.  Our state suffers gravely from an epidemic that is crippling our communities, destroying families and taking the lives of parents to young children across the state.  THIS HAS TO END.I am asking the residents of the State of Delaware to sign this petition to show our state legislators our state NEEDS their help in drafting and passing bills to help move toward a resolution to this issue.  This topic is very important to our state in its entirety.  When aiding an issue like this, we can see drastic changes in decreased crime, decrease rates in overdose, economic growth, and moreover safer communities.  The issue at hand isn't just affecting our neighbors, it's affecting all of us.  So please sign!   We need the following 1.) More Residential Treatment Programs available to Delaware State Residents, (WITH AND WITHOUT INSURANCE)2.) Medicaid Allowances need to be changed to allow for full residential treatment for those who meet the criteria for treatment.3.) Transitional Housing to help aide transition from treatment to standard living. Thank you, and God Bless.  

Matthew M Morris
220 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
34,662 supporters
Started 3 months 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