Mothers Of Overdose Victims Target Trump
We can only imagine the pain a parent must feel when they lose a child to addiction. And tragically it appears as though more and more Americans are joining that club, as the opioid epidemic ravages the country and consumes more lives. Recently, a group of mothers and fathers decided to take their grief one step further and create an overdose awareness campaign directly targeting President Donald Trump. Through a series of letters and social media messages, they hope to raise awareness and implement more government intervention when it comes to tackling this crisis.
Delaware native Mary Beth Cichocki is credited with initiating the movement, thanks to a powerful Facebook post she wrote earlier this month. Titled “My Letter To Trump…,” it tells the personal story of her 37-year-old son Matt and the addiction struggle that ultimately claimed his life. Touching on everything from the enablers (one of whom she lists as Purdue Pharma), to Washington D.C.’s failure to act, to the lies she accuses Trump himself of spreading, it is definitely a powerful piece.
“[Mr. Trump,] you must recognize that 21 million Americans suffer from addiction,” Cichocki writes. “So your talking against using is futile. What you must also recognize is that addiction is not a behavioral issue. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, ‘addiction is a chronic brain disorder, not merely a behavioral problem or simply the result of taking the wrong choices’. No amount of talking will save anyone living in the throes of this disease. If you are serious about addressing this epidemic in a way that will be effective, then let me suggest you increase your knowledge regarding what works to treat the disease of addiction.”
You can read Mary Beth’s complete statement by clicking on the link below…
Interestingly enough, Cichocki’s first plan of action focused on the Valentine’s Day holiday. Earlier in the month, she and several of her social media followers put together greeting cards for their lost loved ones and actually mailed them to the White House. And it was the first of many ideas she has to alert President Trump of the true nature of addiction.
Other participants, like local mom Paula Mattson, feel like their stories can make an impact. She, herself, lost her 26-year-old son to opioid abuse and has worked to spread the word in her own community by writing, posting and mailing messages to the Commander-in-Chief.
“Just saying, ‘Don’t do it’ — my kids all had the ‘just say no.’ That doesn’t work,” Mattson added. “[Trump] really needs to talk to us who are on the front lives of saving our children’s lives. To not fight back would mean that it’s OK. That it’s OK that this happened to my son … I have to try to get our president’s attention.”