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Take Action to Prevent Overdose and Promote Naloxone!

Representative Mary Bono Mack is asking Members of the US House of Representatives to sign onto an overdose prevention letter to US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius. The letter urges HHS to do more in the area of overdose prevention by launching a public awareness campaign on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose and how to respond, including administering naloxone. We need your help in generating additional sign ons by House members.


Call your member of Congress today and ask them to sign on to the letter. Need help identifying your Representative? Please click here.

  • Call 202.224.3121 and ask for your Representative’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
  • Share with the staffer why overdose prevention is important to you and why it is important for your Representative to sign on.
  • Thank them and ask if you can count on their support.

Sample script to be used when either speaking with the staffer or leaving a message:

My name is ____ and I live in (city, state). I am urging Representative ____ to sign on to the “Dear Colleague” letter circulated by Representative Bono Mack which urges HHS to do more in the area of overdose prevention and the utilization of naloxone. Supporting overdose prevention efforts is important to me because [include brief details on why overdose prevention is important to you or details on your organization].

Every day an estimated 100 lives are lost to accidental overdose; many of these deaths can be avoided through simple interventions by bystanders, such as performing rescue breathing, alerting emergency medical services, and using the life-saving medication naloxone.

I urge Representative ____ to sign on to Representative Bono Mack’s letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius.

Thank you for your time and for your attention to this very important public health issue. I hope that we can count on your support.

Note: The deadline for Congressional sign ons to the letter is Thursday, July 12th.

Thank you for your help in making these calls!

For questions about the letter, assistance, or if you would like to make a practice call, please contact Whitney Englander, Government Relations Manager, Harm Reduction Coalition.

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