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As director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President Obama, Michael Botticelli put a human face on recovery while successfully advocating strategies to combat a crippling opioid epidemic. Yet a significantly lower-profile action taken in the waning days of his tenure could prove to define his legacy, with a potentially monumental impact on how society views substance use disorders and the people who live with them.
For many of us involved in addiction recovery advocacy work, somewhere along the way we learned that our stories have power, that our voices have power. As we have taken our advocacy efforts into the realm of social media, we have witnessed the sheer magnitude of reach contained in a single voice. With words, pictures and videos rapidly traveling across towns, cities, state lines and oceans separating continents, we see the extraordinary power contained in our voices. However, as the familiar saying goes, “with power comes great responsibility,” and we must always remember that every time we use our voices, we have the power to either help or harm.
This week, Faces & Voices of Recovery joined 415 other organizations in sharing our concerns with Congress about the American Health Care Act. The AHCA’s proposed changes to our health care system will result in reductions in health care coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations including those suffering from addiction and mental illness.
We told Congress that we cannot support the bill in its current form. See full-text of the letter here