Contact Your Member of Congress to Urge Them to Increase Resources for Naloxone
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the nation, there has been a corresponding spike in the number of opioid related deaths. According to the American Medical Association, more than 40 states have reported an increase in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder. People with a substance use disorder are using at home, where they are often isolated. It is more important than ever to provide support to those who are struggling with a substance use disorder. During this critical time, we ask that you reach out to your Member of Congress to urge them to provide more resources to people struggling with substance use disorders, particularly increased resources for life-saving naloxone.
In 2017, the Trump administration declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. However, there is still room for improvement and ways to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths across the United States. It is essential for our elected officials to understand the lifesaving effects of naloxone and the need for resources to expand access to this medication.
If you would like to learn more about opioid overdose prevention, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a toolkit to provide helpful information not just to families but also to health care providers and community leaders.
Take action today! Contact your Member of Congress to urge them to provide more resources for naloxone and decrease the number of opioid related deaths in the United States.