Topic

Opioid Crisis

33 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Mark Dayton, Brenda Cassellius

EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN EARLY ON TO PREVENT OPIOID USE. LATER ON & SUPPLY SCHOOLS W/NARCAN.

With todays opioid epidemic taking thousands of lives, people in the community need to be educated not only on substance use disorder but its critical that our communities, which include our schools, be educated, supplied with and trained to administer Naloxone. But there is struggle trying to get Naloxone into our schools and to get staff and students educated. Naloxone, also known to some as Narcan, is a life saving tool when a person is overdosing from heroin or another opioid type drug. It is easy to administer, and staff would be properly trained. I as a parent would want the school of my child to have this on hand just in case. Its better to be safe then sorry. I lost my boyfriend 12/3/17 due to an overdose and I always carried Naloxone on me, just in case.  Students and staff need to be properly educated on what substance use disorder is, what are signs someone may be using drugs, signs of someone overdosing, and what they should do if they should happen to run into a situation of such. Bringing awareness helps reduce the stigma that surrounds substance use disorder. Substance use does not discriminate against school teachers, principals, janitors, guidance couselors or students.  There is a bill right now that is trying to get passed titled "Jake's Law" that I fully support because it will allow integration of evidence based substance misuse prevention and the dangers of it, with a great emphasis on opioids due to today's large epidemic. It will also train teachers and other staff effective prevention strategies on substance abuse disorder. Something that our schools need to have because too many children are dying. SAY YES TO EDUCATE OUR SCHOOLS AND SUPPLY THEM WITH A NALOXONE KIT, IT JUST MIGHT SAVE A STUDENTS LIFE...

ANNE EMERSON
51 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency

Develop procedures and/or testing to separate addicts from pain sufferers!

As an advocate for chronic and intractable pain awareness and laws (and being a pain sufferer myself), I wrote this petition to appeal to you (President Trump, CDC, FDA and DEA) that we understand the war on drugs and wanting to stop the overdoses, abuse and addiction caused by illegal use of various substances (including opioids) is justified. However, it is causing harm to real chronic and intractable pain sufferers. The harm goes from a low to no quality of life to suicide!  We deserve to be treated like human beings and taking away a big part of pain management is inhumane. Many strategies and options exist to treat chronic noncancer pain. Since chronic and intractable pain is not a single entity but may have myriad causes and perpetuating factors, these strategies and options vary from behavioral methods, alternative medicine, rehabilitation approaches and using several different medications, including opioids to help the pain sufferer. We now are looked at as addicts and abusers when in fact many of the pain patients that I have come in contact with throughout the world are just the opposite. They follow their doctor's guidelines perfectly. The biggest question that is asked all the time is "what does it feel like to get high"? Pain patients medications are going to the areas of the body to help their pain and thus no extra medication to get high. Treating pain sufferers is very difficult. Treatment plans made by a team of doctors is the best way. This includes, internal medical doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists. physical therapists, dietitians, alternative medical doctors, holistic medicine and homeopathic medications. I realize this is a lot of specialists, but I feel they at least should be available to the patients. Our bodies are all different (as you know) so using a one size fits all way of treating pain will not work! We have no problem with some all-inclusive pain treatment plan using other methods with the opiate treatment, but just cutting people down to a one size fits all approach to opiates is insane and will cause more suicides with the pain population. You may help the abusers, overdoses, and deaths from those individuals you are trying to help, but you will cause more suicides and deaths from those pain patients who really need their medications. This makes our pain sufferers collateral damage! We are tired of being collateral damage in the "war on drugs"! This war has been going on a long time and you have all had issues separating addicts and abusers from those people who have chronic and intractable and need opiates and other medications to have some semblance of normalcy. This is a violation of our human rights! Please stop the suicides and treat chronic and intractable pain sufferers with treatments that their physician deems appropriate!

DrPatty Verdugo
1,866 supporters
Started 1 month 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
1,880 supporters