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Advocates to Hold Candlelight Vigil and March to White House Demanding Action by Our Federal Government to End the Opioid Crisis

October 5, 2018

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 5, 2018--Thousands of FED UP! supporters, a grassroots coalition of organizations and families directly impacted by the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, are descending on the capital Columbus Day weekend to raise awareness of the epidemic’s devastating impact and to demand urgent action from the federal government. Demonstrators are frustrated by recent legislative proposals that fail to make treatment available to all Americans. They will also call attention to the role played by Purdue and other opioid makers in creating the epidemic and blocking efforts to promote more cautious prescribing.

Event Details:

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 ARTful Advocacy Event

5-8:30 PM

Enjoy multiple forms of art focused on America’s opioid crisis, including art, music, and film. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Demonstration

10 AM-12:00 Noon

Protest the Sackler family’s fortune made from OxyContin Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 FED UP! Rally

3-5:00 PM - Networking and Activities 5-6:30 PM - Program/Candlelight Vigil 6:30-8:15 PM - Opioid March to the White House 8:15-8:30 PM – Closing on Freedom Plaza

Freedom Plaza, Corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

FED UP! Rally Speakers:

April Rovero, National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse Andrew Kolodny, MD, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing Dan Busch, MD, StopDrugDeath.com Janice Weiss, Hear My Roar Ryan Hampton, The Voices Project Cheryl Juaire, Team Sharing, Inc. Beverly Buncher, Family Recovery Resources, LLC Vance Johnson, Futures Recovery Healthcare Sue Van Steen, The Addict’s Mom Judy Rummler, Steve Rummler Hope Network Greg Williams, Facing Addiction

More than 400,000 Americans have now died from this scourge. In 2017 alone, 49,060 Americans died of opioid overdoses. It is estimated that more than 400 Americans will die of opioid overdoses during the Columbus Day weekend.

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CONTACT: April Rovero, Chair of the 2018 FED UP! Events Committee

925-980-5490;rovero@arovero.net

or

Judy Rummler, Chair of the FED UP! Coalition

612-865-1754;judyrummler@feduprally.org

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE REFORM CONGRESSIONAL NEWS/VIEWS PHARMACEUTICAL OTHER HEALTH OTHER POLICY ISSUES PUBLIC POLICY WHITE HOUSE/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

SOURCE: FED UP!

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PUB: 10/05/2018 05:05 PM/DISC: 10/05/2018 05:05 PM

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