BREAKING NEWS – February 2015
Last September, FED UP! sent a letter to Sylvia Burwell, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, asking her to pursue leadership change at FDA. Our letter was prompted by FDA’s approval of a steady stream of new opioids, concerns about serious conflicts of interest in the analgesic division and FDA’s failure to enforce the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C), a law that prohibits marketing of drugs for conditions where risks of use may outweigh potential benefits. If FDA were properly enforcing the FD&C, drug companies would not be allowed to promote long-term use of opioids for common problems like low back pain.
We were very pleased to learn yesterday that Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the Commissioner of the FDA, submitted her resignation. We do not know if Secretary Burwell requested her resignation or if it was voluntary. Either way, this change makes us hopeful. Under new leadership at FDA, we stand a chance of finally seeing public health prioritized over the interests of pharmaceutical companies. But we also know that this will not happen without continued pressure from advocates like you.
We also learned this week that President Obama earmarked $100 million in his 2016 budget for the opioid crisis. We are pleased that for the first time his administration is asking for funds to address the opioid crisis but unfortunately this funding is very little, very late and is unlikely to stem the rising tide of opioid overdose deaths. We are especially disturbed that only a small portion of the proposed $100 million is for treatment of opioid addiction. Until treatment is easier to access than painkillers and heroin we believe opioid overdose deaths will remain at historically high levels and heroin will continue flooding into our communities.
2014 FED UP! Rally was a HUGE SUCCESS! – 2,000 IN ATTENDANCE!
Thank you to all who came to join in our call for immediate federal action to end the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths!
Go to our 2014 Guest Speakers page to watch videos of the 2014 FED UP! Rally speeches.
Who Are We? We are families who have been ripped apart by opioids. We have lost loved ones to death or addiction. We are medical experts and advocates who understand that the root cause of the problem – overprescribing – starts in Washington with our federal government. This is a grassroots, family-based coalition, all coming together to make something positive happen out of our pain, our tragedies. We accept no money from pharmaceutical companies or their affiliates and 100% of the donations we receive are directly applied to managing the costs of holding our Fed Up! Rally. We are beholden to no one – except our lost loved ones, or our family members struggling with an addiction. We have come together to save lives. We are the conscience of our federal government – a government that has failed to protect the American people.
We are in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in United States history.
The epidemic is having a catastrophic impact on families and communities and is placing tremendous strain on our health care system, businesses, and local and state governments.
The mission of The FED UP! Coalition is to create one voice calling for an end to the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids (including heroin) and other prescription drugs.
The FED UP! Coalition is working to find ways to:
- Prevent our children, friends, and loved ones from becoming addicted to opioids
- Ensure that people suffering from opioid addiction have access to affordable, evidence-based treatment
- Support and enable recovery
- Eliminate opioid overdose deaths.