Images by Kate Meyer Photography
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.
We lose 92 people every day to opioid overdoses.
Many have the misconception of who the victims of overdose and substance use disorders are. This interactive map, titled “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones” displays those we’ve lost across the nation to remove the stigma, connect each other, and exemplify that they are “everyday people we’ve lost, everywhere”. If you have lost a loved one to an opioid overdose we encourage you to add them to this map. Only by uniting will we have a unified voice and an impact on the epidemic. Click HERE to view the interactive map or add a loved one.
TAKE NOTE, April 29 is National Prescription Takeback Day
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Since it’s inception, there has been a total of 7.1 million pounds of medication collected. That’s nearly 90 eighteen-wheeler semi-trucks of unused medication that has been disposed of!