People who use drugs and who struggle with addiction have a right to access healthcare that meets them where they are at, is evidence-based, affordable, and empowers them to live healthier lives.
There should be transparency and oversight of addiction treatment and recovery programs, and recovery houses and drug courts receiving state & federal funding. They should center around providing dignity and compassionate care to people who struggle with substance use.
We believe in community leadership, meeting people where they are, and not leaving anyone behind. When it counts, we come together as good neighbors - across rural, urban and suburban - because together we can tackle what we can’t alone.
we are standing together
to transform the system in two key ways
We are working to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which is the gold standard and has been shown to reduce the risk of preventable overdose deaths by 50%. BUT. Current federal regulations make it hard for providers to distribute it and in turn for our communities to access it. We’re working with communities like ours across the country to pass the MAT Act in Congress. We are especially working to increase access and affordability for those on Medicaid or without insurance. We’re also working in New Jersey to expand access to MAT through mobile MAT units, expanding their reach in rural and suburban areas like the ones we represent where transportation adds to the already existing barriers for accessing MAT. Learn more about MAT here.
We will work to pass a law that increases transparency about where federal and state funding to end overdose is really going, and holds programs – like rehabs and recovery houses – that get this funding accountable to standards that ensures people who enter these programs are treated with dignity and evidence-based care – no matter where they live or what kind of insurance they have.
JOIN US IN OUR FIGHT
Now more than ever, we need to stand up and speak out in the name of those we have lost to preventable overdose deaths; and with loved ones who are still with us.