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Join the Naloxone Nation!

2013 and 2014 have been momentous years for overdose prevention advocates. Across the nation we’re successfully fighting for – and winning – expanded naloxone access.

Contact Rep ButtonNow we need to translate these victories to the federal level. Two major bills have been introduced in Congress that would deliver huge wins for harm reduction by expanding liability protections to all states and establishing federal grants for naloxone programs.

Congress needs a groundswell of public support to move these policies forward!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Call your Senators today and ask them to cosponsor the below bills:

Senate

  1. 2092- The Opioid Overdose Reduction Act of 2014- Introduced by Senators Markey (D-MA) and Ayotte (R-NH)

National civil immunity protections for prescribers and bystanders that prescribe and administer naloxone (Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Kaine (D-VA) have already signed on in support.)

  1. 2755- Overdose Prevention Act- Introduced by Senator Reed (D-RI)

Establishes federal grants for Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) programs (Senators Leahy (D-VT), Whitehouse (D-RI), Durbin (D-IL) and Markey (D-MA) have already signed on in support).

HOW TO DO IT

Need help identifying your Senators?

Go to: www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup

  • Call 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator’s office. This is the Capitol Switchboard and they will transfer you to the office that you request.
  • Ask to speak with the staff person who works on health care issues.
  • Identify yourself and your organization and where you are located
  • Explain why overdose prevention is important to you, how making funding available for programs, and protections secured for prescribers and bystanders, would expand access to naloxone and save lives, and why it is important for your Senator to co-sponsor S. 2092 and S. 2755.
  • Thank them and ask if you can count on their support.
  • Repeat the process by calling your other Senator.

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