Monday, August 24, 2015

UNITE to Face Addiction - Oct 4, 2015

Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is an insidious public health crisis impacting more than 85 million Americans. The time has come to UNITE to Face Addiction at a national rally that will transform the conversation from problems to solutions for one of the most pressing issues of our time.

On October 4, 2015 a transformative event will take place in Washington, D.C. that will ignite and grow an emerging national grassroots movement to solve the addiction crisis.

UNITE To Face Addiction is being organized by an independent coalition of national, state, and local non-profit organizations to produce a collaborative and unifying event to collectively raise awareness and reduce the human and social costs of addiction.

UNITE to Face Addiction - Oct 4, 2015
UNITE to Face Addiction - Oct 4, 2015

Why Now?

Long-term recovery from addiction is a reality for over 23 million Americans, one of our nation’s best-kept secrets. Regardless of the paths people have chosen to achieve recovery, their lives and the lives of their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and communities are vastly improved as a result. They are the living proof that there are real solutions to the devastation of addiction.

While recovery from addiction is a reality, more than 350 Americans die from alcohol or other drugs on average each day – some 135,000 people each year – more than who die from either homicides or motor vehicle accidents. Another 22 million Americans are still suffering from addiction and the majority never receive any help.

Where is the national outrage about this needless loss of life, the costs to families and the economy, and more importantly, the demand for solutions? We know that addiction is preventable, treatable, and people can and do get well. Too many of those affected have been incarcerated, and for decades they and others have been afraid to speak up about the failed policies and poor care due to long-standing stigma and discriminatory public policies. And, for too long, a great majority of people connected to addiction have remained silent.

The time is now to break that silence.

Greg Williams

Campaign Director, UNITE To Face Addiction

From the About page on UNITE to Face Addiction


1 comment:

  1. .I was the guy with the GIANT 12' yellow & orange sign Drug addicts against drugs, ...this is the link to our mother page. there are 4 pages including a group (now over 5000), a resourse page (for those without ins. & a web page on wordpress with stories of addiction

    Please consider talking to your local PTA, Scouts and church youth groups about BRINGING Drug education to elementary schools.If we teach the history of addiction in HISTORY classes, we might change HISTORY.

    You can teach a 5 yr. old that snakes bite and HEROIN KILLS !