WE NEED YOUR VOICE
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We Need your OUTRAGE!
WHAT: International Overdose Awareness Day RALLY
WHERE: Charles E Jonas Building
401 W Trade St
WHEN: Thursday August 31, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00PM
WHY: We are calling for a response from government to STOP the Opioid Epidemic
FED UP! Coalition to End the Opioid Epidemic
We are in the midst of a severe epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths – acknowledged by the federal government as the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.
Overprescribing of opioids has harmed millions of pain patients and led to sharp increases in addiction, heroin use, injection-related diseases, infants born opioid dependent, and overdose deaths.
The epidemic is having a catastrophic impact on families and communities and is placing a tremendous strain on our health care system, workforce, and legal system. To date, the response from the federal government has been slow and tragically ineffective. Together, we must find new ways to prevent opioid addiction, to ensure access to effective opioid addiction treatment and to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
To these ends, we – the FED UP! Coalition to End the Opioid Epidemic – call on our federal government to take the following actions:
1. Take all measures necessary to ensure that opioids and other controlled drugs are prescribed more cautiously.
2. FDA must:
- Prohibit marketing of opioids for conditions where risks outweigh benefits.
- Consult its advisory committees before approving any new opioids.
- Add an upper dose and a suggested duration of use on opioid labels.
- Designate naloxone an over-the-counter drug.
- Ensure that abuse-deterrent opioid formulations are NOT marketed as less addictive
3. DEA must mandate prescriber education, free of pharmaceutical industry bias, for all DEA registrants who intend to prescribe more than a 3-day supply of opioids.
4. HHS, DEA and Congress must eliminate barriers to buprenorphine treatment.
5. Congress must increase funding for evidence-based addiction treatment.
6. Congress must incentivize states to mandate prescriber use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.
These commonsense interventions could save countless lives and help bring an end to this epidemic.