Hello, this is the home of the legislative effort known as Anthony’s Act. This effort is being driven by physicians, attorneys, rehab professionals, and parents whose children have suffered with addiction, all of who have seen the devestation of there being inadequate resources to get the addict the help that they really need.
The Anthony’s Act initiative and petition were spearheaded by Cris Fiore, whose son Anthony died of an overdose in 2014. While he had been to rehab several times, his insurance would not pay for more than 30 days of rehab, even though all experts agree that 30 days is not a sufficient period of time for rehab to be successful.
The Affordable Care Act must be amended to provide for a minimum of Ninety (90) days inpatient drug or alcohol treatment at a facility certified to provide such care by the appropriate regulatory body in the state in which it is located.
Every day in this country 119 people die from drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency rooms. That averages out to an overdose related hospitalization every 13 seconds and an overdose death every 13 minutes. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, outstripping traffic fatalities or gun homicides. And every year it gets worse.
In addition to the terrible human toll, substance abuse costs the U.S. economy over $600 billion annually. Effective treatment can dramatically reduce these costs. According to several conservative estimates, every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1. Major savings to the individual and to society also stem from fewer interpersonal conflicts; greater workplace productivity; and fewer drug-related accidents, including overdoses and deaths.
Cris Fiore’s 24-year-old son, Anthony, died May 31, 2014, following a six year battle with opioid and heroin addiction that included three unsuccessful short term treatment programs, each lasting less than 30 days, which was all that insurance would pay for.
For most people, this is simply not enough time to recover from the assault addictive drugs make on the body and to restore the life skills that keep a person from relapsing.
Research tells us that effective inpatient treatment leads to long term sobriety and fewer relapses. Ninety (90) day residential drug rehab is suggested as the minimum length of time for effective treatment. Anecdotal evidence gathered from post discharge patient interviews suggests that long-term treatment at a drug rehab facility can decrease the risk of drug addiction relapse by up to 73%. That can mean the difference between addiction and recovery—or even life and death.
Tell your U.S. Senators and representatives that the Affordable Care Act must be amended to provide for a minimum of Ninety (90) days inpatient drug or alcohol treatment at a facility certified to provide such care by the appropriate regulatory body in the state in which it is located.
Tell them here at the Anthony’s Act petition.
We have created a tri-fold brochure explaining Anthony’s Act that can be handed out at meetings, or on the street, left at businesses, offices, and meeting halls. We offer this to anyone who wants to help get the word out. If you are interested in spreading the word out there in the real world, please feel free to download the brochure by clicking on the hyperlink above. You can then print, fold and distribute as many as you like. You will need to print it double-sided