1) Help remove the stigma; make it not only ok but a civil responsibility to openly discuss heroin without judgment,
2) To put the people on the hook right next to you for the outcome of this mess
3) To release the death rate data in real time – 2015 data from the CDC understates the significance of what we face,
4) To petition the pharmaceutical companies to take responsibility for their role in this dating back to their (potentially fraudulent) use of the Jick and Porter letter
5) To petition those same companies to immediately stop taking any profit on any drugs used in combating the epidemic they helped create – these drugs include Suboxone, Subutex, Vivitrol, ReVia, Narcan, and Methadone.
If you would like to know more about me, you can find information on several blogs and websites. I am on twitter @RobertHobbs31. My most visited webpage is www.heroinlivinganddying.com , which is the blog for a book I just published on my dramatic survival fighting my son’s addiction. It provides 3 years worth of information that parents need to survive this themselves. One thing I have liked about the book is people are willing to talk about a book. They still don’t talk about heroin – but they will talk about a book about heroin. I want to do more. Please consider addressing my requests above – I know you will save lives next year; I want to save some tonight.
Thank you for your recent correspondence. I appreciate hearing from you.
Addiction is one of the most challenging problems facing our nation. No neighborhood, family or demographic group is immune from this threat. For those of us who don’t understand the struggles of addiction, it’s hard to imagine this lifetime challenge.
We are working every day to prevent as many people as possible from facing this challenge, while getting those who are addicted the treatment and support they need to begin to recover.
Over the past five years our state has worked to shutdown pill mills, crack down on traffickers and make sure people in pain don’t get dosage levels that start them down the path toward addiction. At the same time, we are giving our schools the tools to get kids the straight facts about drugs. While the state has made progress in the fight against opiate abuse, there is still more to be done to ensure every Ohioan has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
This is not a fight we can win without partners who want to step up to help in their communities, and I look forward to working more with the General Assembly to address this important issue.
If my office can be of any further assistance, please let me know.
John R. Kasich