Families for Sensible Drug Policy is a proud participant in this year’s campaign because our families impacted by the complex challenges surrounding substance use are in the throes of an unprecedented public health crisis.
Last year, 64,000 of our loved ones were lost to preventable overdose. So it is with a heavy heart that we must forge ahead to demand accountability for better access to lifesaving services for those still at risk. We must hold our federal government accountable to stand by their recent commitment to approach the opioid epidemic with a public health response, greater access to medication-assisted treatment, and wider availability of the opioid antidote naloxone.
This year #GivingTuesday falls on November 28 and demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together. It harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world.
FSDP is privileged to serve a growing network of families, professionals and advocates whose ardent stories bear testimony that seeks to implement our new paradigm of family support. In partnership with Australia’s Family Drug Support, FSDP offers our families a harm reduction-informed continuum of care offering a full array of effective substance use disorder treatments on a public health continuum that are integrated with overdose prevention efforts.
Now more than ever, we must be vigilant and demand a continuum of care that is based on best practices and harm reduction—our loved ones do not need to be arrested to get better. Getting life-saving harm reduction strategies and tools into the hands of families BEFORE problems develop can prevent many of the overdoses. We do this with every other condition and we must advocate for the same for substance use issues.
We deserve to have these options readily available to us in our communities and homes. Our families deserve nothing less than the best care we have to offer. FSDP demands best practices as a baseline found in every other condition.
We need your help to make sure that the voices of families continue to be heard. We invite you to stand with FSDP in our battle to empower families, restore health, and save lives.
Your gift no matter how big or small will help us to forge ahead and change the way our policies and society interact with our families.