When Facing An Epidemic, Advocacy Is Key (Part 1 of 2)

When Facing An Epidemic, Advocacy Is Key

Part 1 of 2

by Zac Talbott, BA, CMA, Director
NAMA Recovery of Tennessee
The Tennessee statewide and Northwestern Georgia Chapter of

"Just that you people who are involved in advocacy, keep up the work. I have seen 
changes come about because of people becoming involved. It is these who are the real heroes 
in all this. Without advocacy, changes will not come about within the present system." 
Dr. Vincent Dole

We are confronted with it on a nearly daily basis: prescription pain killer
and heroin addiction and abuse have risen as one of the top two causes of
unnatural death in the United States at an alarming rate. Newspapers,
television reporters, and online journals report on the rise in heroin use
and the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic more than any other
medical topic. Local governments and law enforcement agencies are
asking themselves and the citizenry, “What can we do?” as they see their
friends and family members swept up in this crisis as it plagues the