In 2015, more than 12 million Americans reported misusing a prescription opioid in the past year. All of us – health care professionals, parents, educators, community leaders, law enforcement and policy makers – have a role to play in reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic and saving lives. The American Medical Association and the Partnership together are committed to ensuring that physicians and families have the education and resources they need. We urge you to join us in our efforts to reverse this national epidemic.
A letter issued today by the DEA Acting Administrator, states that marijuana will remain a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, while encouraging further scientific research into the medical applications of marijuana.
“The passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) marks a historic moment for the millions of Americans struggling with addiction and for the families trying to find help for a loved one.
Too many families have lost someone they love to a drug overdose. In fact, today, 128 families are grieving, and today’s toxicology report adds one more family to that roll call: the family of Prince. He is number 129.
Addiction is not treated like any other disease, but rather as a crime and a moral failing, treated with prison and lectures, rather than therapy and medicine. It’s time to break the silence and treat it as the public health epidemic it is. Let’s work to bring awareness to and transformation around addiction.
The campaign trail to the White House has seen many presidential candidates expressing not only their views on addiction, but also the proactive steps they have taken to act on this public health crisis.
Join us Wednesday, April 29, 2015 for a phone campaign to contact key Senators and Representatives to help pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. CARA is an all-inclusive response to opiate and heroin addiction that includes prevention, law enforcement strategies, overdose prevention, expansion of evidence-based treatment and support for those in, or seeking, recovery.