Why Are We Doing This?

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Because we’re tired of watching opioid and heroin addiction cripple and kill our friends and loved ones.

Because we’re tired of watching tragedy unfold through the collateral damage that addiction causes within families and communities.

We’re doing this because we’re outraged that human beings are dying in large numbers over profit-seeking in the cyclical feedback loop between the pharmaceutical industry, private industry, and rapidly ballooning rehab industry.

Because 7.7 million Americans are currently living with an illicit drug use disorder, according to the most recent report from the US Surgeon General’s office.

Because 91 people in this country die everyday from opioid-related overdoses.

Because in 2014, nearly 2 million Americans either abused or were dependent on prescription opioid pain relievers.

Because overdose deaths now account for more unintentional fatalities every year than automobile accidents.

Because each day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.

Because those ages 18-25 are the most affected demographic. In 2014 nearly 1,700 died from prescription drug overdoses (mainly opioids).

Because between 2002 and 2015 there was a 6.2 fold increase in the total number of heroin related deaths.

Because opioid overdoses killed more than 33,000 people in 2015.

Because 67% of heroin users who are revived by Narcan will use heroin again within the next 24 hours.

Because although it’s impossible to approximate, most medical professionals agree that between 40-60% of all substance-abuse patients who go through ‘rehabilitation’ relapse.

Because we’re angry.

Because we’ve lost friends. Because we’ve lost loved ones.

Because it needs to STOP.

These data are compiled from the CDC’s WONDER database

Additional information on the last Administration’s efforts to address the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic is here.

More information about the last Administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy is here.

As the newly sworn-in Administration brings its resources to bear on the problem, we will update these links.