I know you are acutely aware of one simple fact – addiction doesn’t vote Republican or Democrat. It doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, your ethnic background, or whether you went to college or not. 21 million people in America are currently suffering from a substance use disorder – and too many individuals and their families have paid the ultimate price.
We all know there are better ways to be turning the tide and against the addiction crisis and we need your help to convey to the next administration and Congress the urgency they must be facing addiction with.
We are writing as Americans who, regardless of political affiliation, are deeply concerned by the addiction crisis ravaging our country. You shared openly how alcoholism devastated your brother Fred’s life. In fact, addiction to alcohol and other drugs impacts 45 million Americans and their families. As you heard during the campaign, 21 million families today are being torn apart by substance use disorders; scores of thousands more bury their children each year, at ever-younger ages; and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of preventable death in America.
Americans have made it clear that they want our elected leaders to address this crisis. Indeed, a study of the election results found that your voters turned out in significantly greater numbers over previous candidates — specifically in counties with the highest drug, alcohol, and suicide mortality rates (click here to read and sign full letter)…
Our politics may divide us from time to time, but I hope you will stand with us as we work together to ensure that as a country, we will aggressively tackle this public health crisis.
Michael King Director of Outreach & Engagement Facingaddiction.org P.S. – Facing Addiction is committed to making sure the voice of the 45 million Americans and their families is unified and heard at all levels. I hopeyou will consider a generous year-end gift as we strive to expand the strength of this voice in 2017 and beyond.
All gifts before January 1st, 2017 will be matched up $250,000 by a generous donor.