Facing Addiction delivered more than 15,000 signatures to the White House today. Why today? Because today is the 70th day since President Trump first promised he would declare a national emergency for the opioid crisis as recommended by his own Presidential Commission.
In the last 70 days, 9,956 people have died. Countless others are in the grips of addiction waiting for an increase in resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that can save lives immediately.
You have called for action in support of the bold recommendation of the interim report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that a national emergency be officially declared. (Click on the image of the letter to download all the signatures.) As the Commission’s report indicates, our current national response to addiction is nowhere near proportionate to its magnitude.
You have stated unequivocably that the $442 billion per year that untreated addiction costs our national economy is not acceptable. Now it is time for action and a public health response.
Make addiction an official national emergency, Mr. President. Millions of American lives depend on it.