Stop Fatal Opioid Overdoses

Target: President Trump

Goal: Declare opioid abuse a state of emergency.

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. Worst of all, many of these deaths could easily be avoided. Even when victims reach the hospital in time, hospitals are simply under-equipped to treat this rising epidemic. This is due largely to a recent hike in opioid abuse that continues to take the country by storm.

In 2016, 60,000 people died from drug overdoses, a 20 percent increase from 2016. Many counties in Ohio and on the East Coast are noticing a 50 percent increase from the previous year. Additionally, all data suggests us surpassing this figure in 2017 by a considerable margin. Many victims are first-time users or users caught off guard by drug traffickers selling cheap and dangerous counterfeit prescription opioids. Some of these pills now contain an elephant tranquilizer 5,000 times stronger than heroin.

Fentanyls, the most potent and deadly opioids, are now making their way into cocaine and heroin. These chemicals become lethal in doses smaller than a few grains of salt. When EMS finally reaches overdose victims, any medicine they have is like using a squirt gun to put out a fire. Hospitals need more funding and better equipment to treat overdose cases, yet funding is proving too difficult to get. Declaring a national state of emergency could change all that.

A state of emergency would give hospitals and communities access to funds currently unavailable, namely that of the Federal Disaster Relief Fund. Additionally, many of the rules and regulations of federal programs would be waived, facilitating the process of hospitals receiving funds already available. President Trump’s own appointed Opiate Commission’s “first and most urgent recommendation” was to declare said national emergency. Trump has yet to heed the recommendation of his own commission but claims the situation is still a top priority. Instead, Trump focuses on a weak border as the culprit, offering no immediate relief to the thousands of victims and their families across the country. Please sign the petition below to urge President Trump to do everything within his power to stop these overdoses, including declaring a state of emergency.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump:

Drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of death of Americans under 50. Drugs have become more lethal than ever, and hospitals and communities are under-prepared and ill-equipped to face this epidemic. Every year of your presidency, the number of deaths caused by said epidemic will rise until we offer real and immediate solutions.

Declaring a national state of emergency offers much-needed relief that buys time for finding a more permanent solution. The Opiate Commission has recommended this as the course of action, and to ignore their advice would be to defeat the commission’s purpose. A national state of emergency would immediately offer better funding and save lives. There is no reason to let Americans die when funds can easily be made available.

Declare a state of emergency. Save American lives. Be the president America expects you to be. Every day you wait will be hundreds of American lives laid at your head. This country and victims’ families won’t be so forgiving if you continue to deny them help and ignore their prayers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    ban all drugs now!

  2. ALL OF THE DEATHS WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF PEOPLE WOULD STOP ABUSING DRUGS!!! I PERSONALLY NEED HYDROCOCONE. I MAKE 40 OF THEM LAST 8 MONTHS. I COULD EASILY TAKE ONE EVERY DAY TO FEEL BETTER BUT I DON’T WANT TO. I WAIT TILL THE PAIN IS INTOLERABLE AT NIGHT AND THEN I TAKE 1/2 AND ANOTHER 1/2 IF IT DIDN’T HELP. THERE’S NO EXCUSE FOR TAKING DRUGS FOR FUN AND MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THOSE OF US WHO NEED THEM.

  3. If big pharm ads were taken off the TV maybe so many people wouldn’t be addicted … TAKE THE ADS OFF OF THE TV! These ads are nothing but drug pushers!

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