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nobknee

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This is an URGENT action alert for all those in the United States! Call your representatives in Congress (you have three), and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 7701, the "Addiction Prevention Act." This monstrosity would severely restrict all long-term opioid prescribing nationwide, and cause heroin use, overdose deaths, and suicides to skyrocket.

Here is the text of the bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7701/text

You can go here and enter your ZIP Code to find out who your representatives are. Then just Google their names, and their websites with their phones numbers will pop right up: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/

When you call, you'll get a secretary. All you really need to say is, "Tell [Congressperson] to vote NO on House Bill 7701." But, of course, you can add anything else you want to add.

For more information on the SAFETY of medically prescribed opioids, they can visit: http://face-facts.org/Lawhern/

We can't afford to be shy or assume someone else will do it. This bill's got legs. It's got significant bipartisan support. We HAVE to stop it! Please call immediately!

And then get one other person you know to call!
 

jaders

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This is an URGENT action alert for all those in the United States! Call your representatives in Congress (you have three), and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 7701, the "Addiction Prevention Act." This monstrosity would severely restrict all long-term opioid prescribing nationwide, and cause heroin use, overdose deaths, and suicides to skyrocket.

Here is the text of the bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7701/text

You can go here and enter your ZIP Code to find out who your representatives are. Then just Google their names, and their websites with their phones numbers will pop right up: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/

When you call, you'll get a secretary. All you really need to say is, "Tell [Congressperson] to vote NO on House Bill 7701." But, of course, you can add anything else you want to add.

For more information on the SAFETY of medically prescribed opioids, they can visit: http://face-facts.org/Lawhern/

We can't afford to be shy or assume someone else will do it. This bill's got legs. It's got significant bipartisan support. We HAVE to stop it! Please call immediately!

And then get one other person you know to call!

Just emailed all three of mine. Gawd this is such BS. I thought we were starting to move in the other direction. WTF!!

It's easy to write one and then copy/paste the others. I highly urge everyone who cares about this to write or call!

Thanks for bringing this to our attention @nobknee... (y)
 

nobknee

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This is wonderful!! Great work! Keep up the momentum!!

If anyone has finished with their own three representatives already and wants to do more, this bill is being heard in four House committees, whose members also need to know what a steaming pile of dung this is:

Ways and Means: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/about/committee-members
Energy and Commerce: https://energycommerce.house.gov/about-ec/membership
Judiciary: https://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.htm
Education and Labor: https://edlabor.house.gov/about/membership


Fly, my pretties! Fly, fly!
 

nobknee

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Just emailed all three of mine. Gawd this is such BS. I thought we were starting to move in the other direction. WTF!!
It's easy to write one and then copy/paste the others. I highly urge everyone who cares about this to write or call!
That's a great idea! Emailing them and then just copying and pasting one text. The point is numbers, not fancy words. Fancy words are great and all. A relationship with a lawmaker, like @Doc-Rogue has, is extremely helpful!

But if you're shy or whatever, just email or call and say, "Please urge Representative Whack-Off to vote against House Bill 7701."

That's enough. That's ok.

Well...maybe replace "Whack-Off" with their actual name first....
 

nobknee

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Across the board, all prescribers limited to no more than 72 hours' worth of no more than 90 MMEs per day.
The DEA called. They want their crazy back.

Also, what's with the Soviet-style reeducation, in which everyone from dentists to drug company reps have to pay $3,000 a pop to get indoctrinated into the CDC Guidelines? Weren't those Guidelines supposed to be getting changed, anyway? WTF happened to that plan??

And what are “ultra-high-dose opioids"? Because I could really use some after reading this shit.
 

Mecha

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Geez and to think heroin use to be next to Bayer aspirin on the drugstore shelves a little over 100 years ago. This is barbaric. I bet these old white men are all on something. Probably the good stuff. Eh, it makes me sick.

Done
And
Done

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nobknee

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Geez and to think heroin use to be next to Bayer aspirin on the drugstore shelves a little over 100 years ago.
Yeah, and God help you if you picked up the Bayer. That shit'll kill ya.

(Ok, so actually it's Tylenol that's far more dangerous than coated aspirin, but that failed the Rule of Funny. Doctors are recommending dangerous dosages of OTC pain meds these days. I had one tell me to "take aspirin till your tummy hurts." Seriously? Dude, I'm not five; I don't call it my "tummy" anymore. Also, I don't overdose on drugs, you f*cking moron.)
 

jaders

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This is wonderful!! Great work! Keep up the momentum!!

If anyone has finished with their own three representatives already and wants to do more, this bill is being heard in four House committees, whose members also need to know what a steaming pile of dung this is:

Ways and Means: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/about/committee-members
Energy and Commerce: https://energycommerce.house.gov/about-ec/membership
Judiciary: https://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.htm
Education and Labor: https://edlabor.house.gov/about/membership


Fly, my pretties! Fly, fly!
So just wondering on this list. Do you need to write each rep here individually? Probably no way to write to all the committee members here at once - to write to the committee itself? There are a lot of folks in each committee, but I could do a few at a time if there's no way to write to the whole committee?

Thanks!
 

jaders

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This is wonderful!! Great work! Keep up the momentum!!

If anyone has finished with their own three representatives already and wants to do more, this bill is being heard in four House committees, whose members also need to know what a steaming pile of dung this is:

Ways and Means: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/about/committee-members
Energy and Commerce: https://energycommerce.house.gov/about-ec/membership
Judiciary: https://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.htm
Education and Labor: https://edlabor.house.gov/about/membership


Fly, my pretties! Fly, fly!
So just wondering on this list. Do you need to write each rep here individually? Probably no way to write to all the committee members here at once - to write to the committee itself? There are a lot of folks in each committee, but I could do a few at a time if there's no way to write to the whole committee?

Thanks!
Well I answered my own question. You can either call or write by "snail mail" to the whole committee. Looks like you can't email them unless you do it individually, but I'll print off 5 copies of my letter and mail them to each committee (looks like you have to write to the dems and repubs separately on the energy and commerce committee.) Here's the addresses, in case anyone else is so inclined. The more folks they hear from the better. Just a short letter always works. But the fact that anyone takes the time to do this helps impress them that folks care about the issue, imho...

Ways and Means Committee

U.S. House of Representatives
1102 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515

Phone:(202) 225-3625
Fax: (202) 225-5680

Judiciary Committee:

Phone: 202-225-3951

Committee Hearing Room
2141 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Office Locations
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515


Committee on Energy and Commerce

Democratic Staff


2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Main Office: (202) 225-2927
Press Office: (202) 225-5735

Republican Staff
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-3641 (main)
(202) 226-4972 (press)

Education and Labor Committee

2176 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
202-225-3725
 

nobknee

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Well I answered my own question. You can either call or write by "snail mail" to the whole committee. Looks like you can't email them unless you do it individually, but I'll print off 5 copies of my letter and mail them to each committee (looks like you have to write to the dems and repubs separately on the energy and commerce committee.) Here's the addresses, in case anyone else is so inclined. The more folks they hear from the better. Just a short letter always works. But the fact that anyone takes the time to do this helps impress them that folks care about the issue, imho...
Nice sleuth work! It never even crossed my mind to check. I'd started writing to each member of each committee individually, but this is much easier! Thank you!
 

djrick

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Lifeliver

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Thanks @djrick. I have friends in PA. Time for this guy to not get re-elected. This really affects people like me who metabolize meds very quickly. I always have needed more anesthesia, pain meds, etc, even as a kid. I have 2 major surgeries coming up in the next couple of years and I’ll be damned if I can’t get the relief I deserve for my unique issues.
 

nobknee

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The bill was sponsored by a Democrat, but it's getting equal support from Democrats and Republicans in the House. Some polls have suggested that getting rid of prescription opioids is the only truly bipartisan issue on the table right now. Both liberals and conservatives rank "the opioid crisis" (which they equate with us, not with illicit fentanyl) as one of the top issues facing the country. I've observed them to frame it in somewhat different ways, but both are equally ignorant about the safety of medical opioids and the complete lack of evidence that prescriptions have any role in the ongoing fentanyl crisis.

Basically, no matter your politics, nobody's got anything to brag about here. On the bright side, that can bring all of us together, regardless of our individual politics. Pain doesn't care if you're a liberal or a conservative. It affects us all.
 
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