Members of the FED UP! Coalition gathered in Atlanta at the National Rx Abuse and Heroin Summit, March 28-31st to promote the September 18th FED UP! Rally and the work of the Coalition. President Obama’s presence was evidence of the success we have had in bringing the opioid epidemic to the attention of the federal government.
Excellent news on March 15th. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its hotly-contested and groundbreaking new guidelines for physicians prescribing opioid painkillers. This is a huge victory over the special interest groups that have been profiting from the over-prescribing of these drugs.
Thank you to all FedUP! Supporters that shared their stories in support of the CDC Guidelines efforts to call for more cautious opioid prescribing.
If you were not aware of the opportunity, the CDC had planned to release a guideline calling for more cautious opioid prescribing. CDC’s plan to release this in January was effectively blocked by intense pressure from the opioid lobby, which sees more cautious opioid use as a financial threat.
CDC was pressured into opening a federal docket on its draft guideline. This is highly unusual and will tack months on to the process. Federal dockets are typically opened for public comment on proposed regulations – not on medical guidance issued by the CDC.
Your comments in support of CDC’s effort have created a chance for the CDC Guidelines to be released. Thank you again you have made a difference!
The Center for Disease Control just released data that shows Opioid overdose deaths have jumped to 18,893 and heroin deaths to 10,574 in 2014. The highest numbers in history. Click here to view the chart.
Thank you to all who signed our letter to President Obama asking him to provide leadership by speaking out about the opioid epidemic. SUCCESS! See this New York Times article describing the first time that the President has spoken to a live audience about this public health crisis.
FED UP! Coalition Chair Judy Rummler was recently interviewed about the FED UP! Rally
American Free Press – 11/15/2015
On September 16, 2015 a letter from FED UP! Coalition partners was sent to the current chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee seeking public release of their findings. Click here to read more about the letter and how you can contact your Senators.
Fed Up! has received a lot of great coverage for sending this letter. Click here to read Med Page Today’s article.
August 31, 2015 was International Overdose Awareness day. Local FedUp! rallies took place throughout the United States and Canada. A special thanks to everyone who participated in their local city. Click here to read more about how some of the rallies went.
The FED UP! Coalition has submitted comments to Dr. Linda Porter at the National Institutes of Health on the draft National Pain Strategy. These comments state that “the draft National Pain Strategy contains language that suggests a gross misunderstanding of our opioid crisis and the interventions required to reduce harm to pain patients caused by opioid overprescribing.” The letter contains recommendations for significant revisions. Read Fed Up comments on the National Pain Strategy.
Volunteers for FED UP! at the booth in Atlanta: Bill Rummler, April Rovero, Karen Carlini, Andrew Kolodny MD, Judy Rummler and Dan Busch MD.
The FED UP! Coalition had a booth in the exhibit hall at the National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit April 6-9th in Atlanta. There was great interest from the 1400 attendees as volunteers distributed information about the 2015 FED UP! Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on October 3rd and the local rallies being planned around the country on August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day.
Below: Bill Rummler with Patrick Kennedy