Target: The Clinton Foundation Interim CEO Maura Pally
Goal: Thank the Clinton Foundation for expanding access to emergency treatment for drug overdoses.
In January 2015, the Clinton Foundation announced that it has achieved a cost-reduction for the drug known as Naloxone, an emergency treatment for overdose of opioids like heroin. Formerly used mainly in medical settings like hospitals, the treatment has been employed more often in homes and on the streets in recent years. Experts say this increase in the use of Naloxone will lead to a reduction in deaths from overdoses, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Yet, growing use has also corresponded with rising price of the drug, causing local law enforcement and health authorities to struggle to continue providing the treatment to those who need it. Thank the Clinton Foundation for finding a cost-effective solution.
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, part of the Clinton Foundation founded by former President Bill Clinton, has secured a lower price similar to what the federal government pays for a handheld auto-injector called Ezio, similar to an EpiPen used for severe allergies, which delivers a single dose of Naloxone. Any institution that can distribute the medicine on a large scale such as a police department or a university may have access to this lower price.
With heroin deaths up by forty percent in 2013, the Clinton Foundation’s actions represent the importance of timely action and will hopefully save individuals and their loved ones across the country from experiencing a tragic death.
By signing the petition below, you can show your support for this major step in providing life-saving medicine to communities in need.
Dear Ms. Pally,
I am writing to applaud your expansion of access to the emergency overdose treatment Naloxone. By securing a lower price for the handheld auto-injector Ezio, you are supplying critical aid to institutions that are in the best position to administer this life-saving drug and positively impact their communities.
Thank you also for your admirable public health leadership. You are not only fighting a major health disparity, but also helping to reduce the persistent stigma surrounding individuals who use injection drugs. I hope your actions may serve as an example for other public health efforts to come.
[Your Name Here]
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