Stop the Stigma, Break the Silence – United To Face Addiction in Wash DC

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‘Stop the Stigma, Break the Silence’ was one of many messages families brought to Washington DC.

People from all across the Nation united at The National Mall in DC on Oct. 4th to remember loved ones lost and to raise awareness of the new opiate epidemic that is facing America and many other parts of the world. As many as 8000 to 10,000 people rallied and hoped to make history.


Unite To Face Addiction Rally 10.04.15 – Joanne Diglio speaking on behalf of families across the country.
“I ask ‘not why’ but ‘what’s next’. This rally is ‘what next’ for all of us.

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Awareness against The Pharmaceutical Industry was a main talking point as lost family members were remembered.

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Organizers from UNITE To Face Addiction is a grassroots advocacy initiative bringing together people, communities, and organizations working on addiction solutions across a wide spectrum. ‘We are coming together to let our nation know that addiction is preventable and treatable, that far too many of those affected have been incarcerated, and that people can and do get well. Addiction cannot be ignored any longer.’

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Washington DC 10-4-15 Unite to Face Addiction Rally

With renewed calls to reign in the the unethical behaviors of the Pharmaceutical Industry and to end the global war on drugs, families across the world are continuing to struggle as their children and other family members continue to die at a staggering rate or are incarcerated while profits soar for the industry. With some estimations coming in at one fatal overdose every 13 minutes, people everywhere are finally taking notice.

Recent reports indicate one main culprit with the rise of heroin addiction, Purdue Pharma, located in Stamford, Connecticut. Purdue Pharma is the maker of OxyContin. This private, family-owned pharmaceutical company controls nearly a third of the entire United States market for pain pills. These highly addictive pills are now available to children as young as 10 years old.

As an ongoing ‘War on Drugs’ continues, Federal policies and laws stand in the way for States and families that live within  States that have adopted medical marijuana laws. Some examples include young children who suffer from multiple seizures daily. These children may be able to live a normal life at home using cannabis oil to put an end to their seizures, but while at their public schools, Federal policies will not allow these children to use cannabis oil at school even though these same schools will allow OxyContin and Valium for children as young as 10 years old.

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One blog by Business Insider states “that while tragic, these numbers are still outshadowed by another, equally disturbing statistic: The rise in deaths from people overdosing on powerful opiate painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin — the same drugs many experts have said may open the door to later heroin use.”

Another blog written by Global Research states “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aiding and abetting criminal companies.”

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Activist and Writer, Foot Of The Lake, Upper Midwest Region Within The Great Lakes Basin, USA