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

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AmericaIsFEDUP–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.

MEDIA KIT: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fUtv4ixD-Vhzh-F9JWirNiYNbHkyfhI_

Contacts

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

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