Tell Congress: Support the MAT Act, End the Overdose Crisis

 

The United States is facing an overdose crisis. In 2020, over 93,000 people died from preventable overdoses in the US. That’s a 30 percent increase, and the worst year in recorded history. The War on Drugs created this crisis, and pharmaceutical and insurance corporations have since amplified it to a catastrophe.

No matter what we look like or where we come from, every one of us has the right to get and stay well. Everyone should have what they need to prevent, treat, and recover from life-threatening illness. 

Scientific studies show that medication assisted treatment (MAT) is one of the most effective treatments for opioid use disorder and prevents overdose deaths. But as of now, healthcare providers are required to seek a separate waiver to prescribe buprenorphine (a form of MAT) for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Blocking access to this treatment costs lives and increases racial disparities in healthcare

The Mainstreaming Addiction Act (MAT) Act of 2021, H.R.1384 / S.445, offers new hope. It eliminates the current cumbersome requirement for a separate waiver. To effectively respond to the urgency of the overdose epidemic, we need to eliminate barriers that prevent healthcare practitioners from providing evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders. 

The MAT Act, which has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, would eliminate the DATA 2000 Waiver requirement that discourages practitioners from integrating treatment in their practices, and perpetuates stigma against patients who would benefit from buprenorphine treatment.

Join us in demanding that Congress pass the MAT Act today!

Contact your Congresspeople and ask them to support the MAT Act.

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In 2020, over 93,000 people died from preventable overdoses - the worst year in recorded history. Now is the time to invest in proven solutions - like accessible healthcare, lifesaving treatment, and harm reduction measures - to stop preventable overdose deaths.

If your Congressperson is already a co-sponsor: Thank you, [Name of Member of Congress], for being a leader in passing the MAT Act. For me, the MAT Act is important because [personal story / why you support the MAT Act]. I am calling to urge you to do everything in your power to convince your colleages to support this life-saving legislation. 

If your Congressperson is not already a co-sponsor: [Name of Member of Congress], you need to be a leader in passing the MAT Act of 2021. For me, the MAT Act is important because [personal story / why you support the MAT Act]. I am calling to ask that you join as a co-sponsor and commit to voting yes on the MAT Act. Please support this life-saving legislation.

Thank you.