We Need to “Carpet Bomb” The Heroin Epidemic
Hello my name is Kim Myers and I am running for congress from New York’s 22nd District. One of the biggest issues nearest and dearest to my heart is the Heroin Epidemic. The heroin epidemic or to be more specific, drug overdose from opioids is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. I have personally worked with and held the hands of many families dealing with the struggle, pain and loss experienced due to the heroin epidemic. We need to “carpet bomb” the heroin epidemic using the collective efforts of all federal, state and local resources, striking from multiple points simultaneously.
In my life and service to my community, I have seen unequivocal proof that addiction knows no boundaries of race, gender or social status.
Vote Kim Myers for Congress So All Can Receive Drug Treatment
We must lead a cultural shift in the way we view drug addiction. In 1957, the American Medical Association categorized addiction as a disease. Society’s perception needs to acknowledge this. All who suffer from the heroin epidemic must be treated with compassion, empathy, respect and the same understanding as people diagnosed with cancer. Addiction is not a result of moral failure. I have witnessed that the combined effect of education, prevention, access to quality comprehensive treatment, and long-term professional and peer support can produce successful and permanent sobriety and help end the heroin epidemic.
In Congress I’ll Limit Opioid Prescriptions
Vote Kim Myers for Congress and I’ll work to make sure that the federal government sets standards for prescribing opioids based on necessity, quantities and the patient’s age. From 1999 to 2011, the number of prescriptions written for opioids has quadrupled. The expectation that patients should experience zero pain as a result of minor medical procedures is the leading cause of opioid addiction and the heroin epidemic.
Children, teens, young adults, parents, patients and the community at large must be educated about the dangers of opioid prescriptions and the horror of the heroin epidemic. There isn’t a teenager in this country that needs a 30-day supply of a controlled substance for the removal of their wisdom teeth.
Substance Abuse Treatment Should Be Available to All
We must ensure access to quality treatment for all, regardless of ability to pay. Vote Kim Myers for Congress and I will fight to ensure the length of stay for inpatient treatment is not predetermined. That decision should be between the patient, doctor and their licensed substance abuse therapist. The often-approved two to 14 days of inpatient substance abuse treatment is unacceptable to expect a reasonable chance for a patient to recover from this insidious disease and not nearly enough to end the heroin epidemic.
Heroin Addicts Must Have Access to Medically Assisted Detox
If you vote Kim Myers for Congress I will advocate for medically assisted detox, which is currently seen as “not medically necessary,” as part of a best-practice standard. It is inhuman to expect an addicted person to detox without medical supervision and treatment. Many have chosen to leave treatment and continue using, rather than go through the agony of detox without medical assistance.
The Heroin Crisis Requires Leadership, Vision and Steadfast Commitment.
A clear, comprehensive and compassionate plan is the only path to end the heroin epidemic. The return on investment will have a multiplying effect on lives saved, the cost savings for taxpayers, law enforcement, less crime, property loss and loss of productive members of society. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is an issue for every community in our nation. I will work tirelessly on both sides of the aisle to end the Heroin epidemic once and for all. This crisis requires leadership, vision and steadfast commitment to solve. This is the same long-term, problem-solving attitude I will take to Washington as a member of Congress.