I buried my son in 2008.
Jeff died from an overdose when he was only 27. Naloxone could have saved him.
Since his death, I’ve dedicated my life to preventing overdoses, to saving lives. That’s why I’m writing you today.
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After my son died, my husband and I sought out other parents who experienced our loss. We couldn’t believe what we found. More people die from preventable overdoses than car accidents. Overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
DPA is responsible for more overdose prevention reforms than any other group in the country. Reforms like 911 Good Samaritan laws that encourage people to call 911 by granting them immunity from prosecution. And reforms like over-the-counter access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone — a measure that could have saved my son.
After Jeff died, my husband and I fought for these reforms in California and eventually won. But there are so many other states that still need reforms, and that’s why we need your support.
The holidays are always the hardest time of the year for me. My son Jeff was athletic and charming; he was bright, handsome and kind. But he’s no longer with us because he didn’t have access to naloxone.
Every parent has the right and responsibility to protect their children. Naloxone is safe, inexpensive, and has no side effects. It should be available to all who might need it.
Remember, the overdose epidemic does not discriminate. We’re losing at least one hundred people every day in the U.S. alone. It’s up to us to stop this.
No one should have to bury their child. Please help us save lives.
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On Sunday, December 13, 2015, the new Director of National Drug Control Policy (he does not wish to be called “Drug Czar”), Michael Botticelli, was interviewed by Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes. The topic: radically changing the “War on Drugs” from the zero-tolerance, hard-line approach – where citizens with addiction problems have been locked up (often times for incredibly lengthy sentences) – to that of treatment, compassion and understanding.
Date: 29th November 2015
Originating Author: Will Godfrey
Source: the fix: addiction & recovery, straight up: www.thefix.com
Record numbers of reformers gathered in Washington, DC, recently to explore ways to extend their growing influence far beyond drugs.
“I’m Ross Ulbricht’s father,” said the gray-haired man on the stage. “Ross was arrested two years ago and convicted. He was sentenced to double life in prison a few months back and is now appealing his sentence. I’m here as his advocate.”
His story was unusual in that his 31-year-old son, Ross, aka “Dread Pirate Roberts,” founded Silk Road, the pioneering deep-web, drug-dominated marketplace that was shut down by the FBI in October 2013. Devastating prison sentences, on the other hand, have long been normal in the US.
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