Please Reconsider


I am personally pleading with you to please reconsider helping these people and communities in need. The two heart-wrenching excerpts below echo stories heard throughout rural communities across our country. Please help us reverse this shocking trend. Click here for more information or sign up now.

On Aug. 23, 2013, the body of Tanya Smith’s daughter, Taylor, was dumped on the side of the road in Georgia after she’d died from an overdose. Taylor had been addicted to opiates for several years and had made several attempts at rehab, but Smith’s insurance would only cover 30 days of inpatient treatment. “It takes your brain at least six months to heal from opiate addiction,” Smith said.

—North Carolina Health News, February 13, 2015

Trinlie Yearman lost her 18-year-old daughter, Zoe Peterson, on Aug. 6, 2014 to an overdose. Yearman came to Thursday’s summit to ask for better access to substance abuse treatment. Yearman said she struggled to help her daughter find a treatment bed, without success. She said there are too few publicly funded beds, and privately funded treatment centers cost upwards of $40,000 for a month of treatment. “I tried to refinance my house, but it couldn’t happen fast enough,” Yearman said.

—North Carolina Health News, February 13, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published statistics on the explosive rise of heroin and prescription opioid deaths across our country:


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