Too Many Die – President’s Visit Must Spark Real Action on Drug Deaths

Too Many Die.The President is in town this week to talk about our substance abuse crisis.  We need action.

We have the highest overdose death rate in the country.

If you were to walk into the average West Virginia kindergarten classroom, the statistics tell us that one of those kids will grow up and die of an overdose.

To us, there are two things we want to see come out of the intense focus drug abuse this week. One, we want people to remember that we are talking about human beings, not statistics. Two, we want to send the message that now is the time for action, not more talk.This disease is epidemic. Our own state government estimates that at least 60,000 people in West Virginia need treatment.

Treatment saves lives and money, and we know it’s the right thing to do.
But as you read this, we only offer treatment beds for 750 people. Treatment saves lives and money, and we know it’s the right thing to do.
As a result of our long-range visioning process, you made drug treatment one of your top 10 priorities for the next generation of West Virginians.
We invite you to take a moment on this day to remember a loved one who was taken too soon by posting a message of remembrance to the Our Children, Our Future facebook page with the #TooManyDie, or join the growing band of West Virginians demand “Treatment Over Incarceration.”
Hello, Stephen.

We want to tell West Virginia’s representatives in Congress that a change must be made to the way we deal with the problem of drug abuse in West Virginia.

We need your voice to do that. Please take a moment to fill out this form, below, to send a letter to Rep. David McKinley, Sen. Joe Manchin, and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.