It began on 10-4-15, with tens of thousands of you joining us on the National Mall in Washington DC to end the silence and begin facing addiction together. Our work is continuing, and we are approaching our goal of 10,415 signatures thanking the President for his recent request of $1.1 billion in new funding to expand treatment access.
With 22 million Americans suffering from addiction, it is more important than ever that we show our elected leaders in Washington DC that we are organized and ready to speak out in numbers they’ve never seen before. In making our case, the facts are undoubtedly on our side:
- 90% of those in need of treatment do not receive it
- Deaths from drug overdoses have increased 137% since 2000
- 90% of those addicted began using before the age of 18
- Untreated addiction costs our communities more than $400 billion every year
The time is now to demand that we dramatically increase investment in prevention, treatment and recovery options, and scientific research across our country.
Together, in stronger numbers than ever before, we will continue Facing Addiction.
The Facing Addiction Team