Partnership CEO Marcia Lee Taylor Testifies Before the President’s Commission on the Opioid Epidemic

Marcia Lee Taylor testimony opioid

Today, our President and CEO, Marcia Lee Taylor, testified in Washington D.C. before the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, sharing our resources and recommendations, and emphasizing the importance of parents and families in the effort to reverse the country’s opioid epidemic.

President Trump established the Commission to review the state of drug addiction and make recommendations regarding how the federal government can best address the opioid crisis. The Commission’s members include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (chair), Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy and Dr. Bertha Madras of Harvard Medical School.

Read Marcia’s full testimony here and watch it below.

Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids: From Understanding to Action

Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Deaths from heroin increased 328% between 2010 and 2015, and drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now seeing a sharp rise as well. More Americans die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers.

What we see at the Partnership are not just the 144 individuals who lose their lives every day to overdose, but the families that surround them – families who have lost their hearts to a loved one’s disease.

Marcia Lee Taylor, Partnership President and CEO

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    Rocky Hill MA, NCAC II, CADC II

    September 1, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Raise the taxes and spend the money on opening full service, comprehensive outpatient addiction programs in every community. Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease and has little to do with one’s environment. Moving them out of their home area, into inpatient treatment, only raises the chances that upon discharge, they will connect with their drug connections and that next shot will be fatal, due to the reduced tolerance. Families need treatment from day one and can only obtain it if their loved one is being treated nearby. Additionally, medication assisted treatment needs to be the foundation of stabilization with a primary focus on grief and trauma recovery. Recovery connections can be created to replace the drug ones. Plus it’s a 1/5th the cost and doesn’t have scam artists running most of the programs, who only want their urine and refuse to integrate long term MAT. Let’s turn the field upside down!!!

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    Frances Wood

    July 11, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    There are two bills before Congress, S 236 and HR 747 that have many co-sponsors. These bills would lower alcohol taxes. We do not need to LOWER alcohol taxes, we need to increase taxes so that would, hopefully, lower consumption. Alcohol contributes to the whole problem that is being addressed by this Commission.

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      Dawn LeMacher

      July 29, 2017 at 11:32 AM

      I total agree We have to many drunk drivers getting off with a slap on the hands. Too many innocent people are being affected by this.

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