Based on our decades of research and expertise, we know know what needs to be done to effectively respond to the addiction crisis, but we can’t do it alone. While data is essential, the individuals and families who have been impacted bring the issue of addiction to life. Their stories change hearts and minds. Join the community of other advocates who are breaking down barriers and working to transform how our nation addresses addiction. Together, we can do this.
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We use our data and expertise to identify priorities for changing how our nation addresses addiction. When Congress introduces legislation that aligns with these priorities we will provide you an opportunity to make your voice heard.
Please take a moment to send letters to your members of Congress on these addiction-related pieces of legislation. All it takes is entering your name, address, and email!
Families impacted by addiction are often excluded from or not considered in addiction care, and supports for family members are often lacking and underfunded. Addiction affects not just individuals, but entire families, and policies should provide funding and support to ensure families are included alongside those with substance use disorder.
An early and broad approach to prevention promotes healthy youth development and resilience, supports youth mental health, addresses social determinants of health that are risk factors for substance use, and starts in early childhood when the seeds of risk and resilience are planted.
This includes reducing youth tobacco and nicotine use and protecting youth from the harms associated with the commercialization of marijuana.
Policies should reduce federal legal and regulatory barriers to medications for opioid use disorder, integrate addiction treatment into the mainstream health care system, and improve access to treatment in the criminal legal system.
In order for treatment to be affordable for patients, there must be improved compliance with and enforcement of federal parity requirements and strengthened requirements for health plans to cover substance use disorder benefits.
Harm reduction is an essential component of a comprehensive public health approach to the addiction crisis. Policies should promote strategies shown to improve the health, safety, and well-being of those who use substances and reduce barriers to tools such as naloxone, syringe services, and test strips.
States and localities have an incredible opportunity with the influx of funding coming from opioid litigation to fund effective, sustainable responses to the addiction crisis.
BIPOC communities have been disproportionality harmed by the criminalization of substance use and have inequitable access to quality prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services. Policies must work to reduce these disparities and ensure care is available for all.
The long-standing framing of addiction as a moral issue has contributed to a high level of stigma against substance use, addiction, and addiction treatment. Stigma contributes to ineffective policies and harms individuals and families impacted by substance use. Education to increase awareness about addiction and emerging threats such as synthetic opioids is needed to reduce stigma and harm.
What does it mean to be an advocate? Our toolkit provides step-by-step instructions, including tips for building relationships and effectively communicating with lawmakers. We are building a movement to transform how our nation addresses addiction, and we need your voice!
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Nearly half of all Americans have a family member or close friend with addiction. This issue affects so many more people than most realize.
We know the science and the statistics, but what motivates change are stories of real people. Your stories. We’ll help you find your voice.