Coalition News

An Extraordinary Triumph: The Compassion Ride

October 2016…

photo-arrival-in-dcLetty, Jeff, Christina, Kevin and Tom rode 325 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. to raise funds for the FED UP! Coalition, in honor of their dearly loved son/nephew, Tyler Grove.

Considering they are all 58 and older, this was certainly a challenge!  They had trained endlessly and were successful in raising $4,210 at for the FED UP! Coalition.  Wow!  What a great way to honor Tyler!  See https://www.gofundme.com/compassionride

September 2016…

The 2016 FED UP RALLY was a success!  The 2016 FED UP! Rally and March to Capitol Hill was held on Sunday, September 18th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument grounds in Washington, D.C.. There was a sold-out reception at the National Press Club on the evening of September 17th and a Hill Day on Monday, September 19th. Thank you for your support!  See our 2016 FED UP! Rally page for details.

National Rx Abuse and Heroin Summit,

group at the booth 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.

Thank you for your comments!

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!

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION

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.