Thursday, January 26, 2017


RALLY TO END ADDICTION

January 31st, Anne Arundel County Delegation Room,
House of Delegates –6 Bladen Street, Room 142; Annapolis

8:30 - 8:50: Meet-n-Greet with Continental Breakfast
8:50 - 9:50: Policy Panel for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Opening Remarks

Delegate Seth Howard, Republican, District 30B, Anne Arundel County
Ø Recovery Residence Residential Rights Protection Act

Paying for Our SUD Continuum of Care
David Humes, atTAcK Addiction 
Ø  10% Surcharge on all Opioids Distributed in Maryland to pay for Treatment and Recovery Services

Opioid Treatment / Recovery

Delegate Dan Morhaim, Democrat, District 11, Baltimore County
Ø  Substance Use Disorder Treatment At All Maryland Hospitals
Ø  Safe-Use Sites Pilot Project
Ø  Graduated Sanctions and Diversion to Treatment for Drug Use & Possession Charges

John Stanard, Narconon Maryland Advisory Board
Ø  Recovery Net Funding Discrimination against Consumers Seeking Residential Drug-Free Recovery

Debby Miran, former member of Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
Ø  Adding Opiate Addiction to the List of Accepted Medical Conditions That Can Be Treated with Cannabis

Addressing SUD in Maryland Schools
Jimena Ryan, S.O.U.L. Moms
Ø  School-based Curriculum for Substance Use Disorder Prevention Pilot Project

Tony Fowler, Phoenix Rising
Ø  Maryland Recovery School Pilot Project



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ask Your Legislators to Support TREATMENT ON DEMAND at the Rally to End Addiction in Annapolis on January 31


SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT / REFERRAL AT ALL MARYLAND HOSPITALS

Imagine going to the hospital with symptoms of cardiac arrest, or diabetic shock, or even thoughts of suicide –and being told that you are not sick enough to be admitted –And you must not return for medical treatment unless you are unconscious!  Unthinkable …right?

BUT, Closed Doors are exactly what patients with life-threatening symptoms of chronic opioid use disorder and other life-threatening substance dependencies face!

UNTREATED ADDICTION is not just a problem for the addict.  It is a problem for every tax-paying citizen in Maryland.  Every Maryland tax-payer deserves a better return on their financial investment! 


ADVANTAGES OF TREATMENT ON DEMAND –AT ANY MARYLAND HOSPITAL


Studies have shown that the key element for success is TREATMENT ON DEMAND! The addict must be able to immediately enter a program when the opportunity presents itself.  We need to utilize one resource that has been overlooked in our treatment approach:

OUR COMMUNITY HOSPITALS!


1)      These hospitals already take care of every problem an addict might have except the addiction itself.


2)      Community hospitals could provide treatment on demand. They are open 24 hours a day, are secure, safe -- often with a police presence -- and are near public transportation.

3)      They have the range of personnel -- from physicians and nurses to social workers -- to deal with the myriad physical and mental challenges addicts present.

4)      Fiscal systems of accountability are already in place at hospitals, as are regulatory systems and quality-of-care review.

5)      Most hospitals have space available, and putting addiction programs there would avoid the "not-in-my-backyard" problems often faced by new drug treatment centers.

6)      Substance users all end up in ER's sooner or later for a wide variety of problems.  Since they are at hospitals that are open 24/7, have safety security, and are highly monitored, hospitals ought to take care of these patients in the moment with access to drug counselors.

7)      Right now, all patients receive upon discharge, is a list of referrals (which is not what's done for patients with heart attacks or appendicitis, who get immediate comprehensive care).

8)      The hospital financing system, which connects to community health, means that it ought to be to the financial advantage of hospitals to develop systems of "warm hand-offs".

9)      There are logistic problems, but once hospitals start to take more complete responsibility for these patients, these can be addressed. 

10)  To treat these patients who have a life-threatening often fatal disorder, is simply the right, moral, ethical, humane, and compassionate thing to do.


So why don't hospitals already treat addiction?
–Very simply, because they are not reimbursed to do so, regardless of whether the patient is insured. 


Therefore, let's add these hospitals to the addiction care system and have them work in concert with the other programs and community efforts that are available.  We've been paying the price of drug addiction for a long time: in wasted lives, shattered families, the spread of AIDS and other diseases, and the constant impact of crime and violence on our streets. 


It is high time that Marylanders demand a better system of care for all citizens and a better return on their tax dollars!

Sunday, January 8, 2017


RALLY  TO  END  ADDICTION

Help us educate our legislators while they are in session!
January 31ST, 2017 – 8:30am to 3:00pm

“EACH ONE OF US CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE CHANGE!”
—Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator from Maryland

8:30–8:50:    
Meet-n-Greet with Continental Breakfast
8:50–9:50:    
Legislators Present Bills that Benefit Our Families
Families Present Initiatives to Legislators
9:50–10:00 
How to Have an Effective Meeting with Legislators
10:00–1:00 
Meet With Legislators to Discuss Issues Important to Us
1:00–2:00:    
Testimony Writing Workshop (Bring a brown bag lunch)
2:00–3:00:    
Rally on Lawyer’s Mall – Deliver Testimony / Sharing Stories
Hot Chocolate
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For More Information, Call F.A.C.E. Addiction Maryland:
tel:  301-525-6183  <>  email:
info@faceaddictionmd.org


Why YOUR VOICE Matters:

Opiate addiction has reached epidemic proportions in Maryland and overdose deaths are now the NUMBER ONE cause of accidental death –higher than traffic fatalities, homicides or suicides!  If our kids were dying of anything else, our state would be under quarantine. In 2015, there were 1,259 drug and alcohol related deaths throughout our state –a 21% increase over 2014 and a 94% increase since 2010.  86% were opiate related –a rate that has more than doubled since 2010.  And we also know that for every fatal overdose, there are 9 survived overdoses –bringing our state total to an estimated 11,331 overdoses in 2015!  This is simply unacceptable!

Maryland’s #1 health problem is also its #1 budget problem!  Untreated addiction causes a serious financial burden on our state’s economy and its consequences are the single greatest drain on Maryland’s budget (15% of our state budget –more than 6 billion annually).  But ONLY 5 cents of every dollar pays for prevention and treatment, while 95 cents pays for the consequences –justice system and police, hospitalization and emergency healthcare, welfare and foster care –even though studies show that for every $1 invested in treatment, taxpayer’s save $7 in reduced crime and criminal justice costs, and another $5 in reduced health care costs.  Addiction is not just a problem for the addict.  It is a problem for every tax-paying citizen in Maryland.  Every Maryland tax-payer deserves a better return on their financial investment! 

Statistics, however, cannot begin to paint the picture of pain, suffering, and heartbreak that families endure as they compete for scarce and often inadequate treatment resources for a substance-dependent family member.  Parents helplessly watch as an addicted child succumbs to the progression of their disorder and its probable outcomes --incarceration or death, when they are unable to access appropriate, necessary, and effective treatment for their child.  The negative impact on our children, families, and communities is beyond measure. 

How is it possible that in Maryland –one of the most affluent and well-educated states in the nation, only 1 in 10 individuals who need treatment for an often fatal healthcare disorder, are able to access the treatment they need? 

…BECAUSE, those who are impacted remain hidden –stigmatized, anonymous, and silent. 

In a democratic society, elected officials are accountable to voters –but they need to know what voters want them to do.

It is not policy makers who utilize OUR system of care –it is OUR family members.  It is up to US to ensure that OUR treatment system is providing sufficient, adequate, effective, high quality treatment.  If OUR system is not working for US –it is up to US to hold OUR elected officials accountable for making the changes that will produce better outcomes. 

WE know what works and what doesn’t.  It is OUR voice that must be heard –if it is OUR families’ lives that WE want to save. 


What YOU Know Matters!  What YOU Say Matters!

SAY IT in Annapolis on 1/31!

If you would like to register as a speaker at the Rally, CALL 301-525-6183!