The nonprofit advocacy organization Facing Addiction is urging individuals to sign a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump to urge continued investment in and access to addiction treament, prevention and recovery support services. The letter's text plays to the support the president-elect received in communities that have been hit hard by alcohol and drug use, as well as to the story of Trump's late brother's battle with alcoholism.
“You shared openly how alcoholism devastated your brother Fred's life,” the letter states. “In fact, addiction to alcohol and other drugs impacts 45 million Americans and their families.”
The letter refers to the president-elect's desire to enact healthcare changes and points out the importance of maintaining parity protections for substance abuse and mental health benefits. “At a time when our nation is suffering terribly from the growing burden of addiction, eliminating the ability for people to access prevention, treatment, and ongoing recovery supports could have catastrophic consequences—in economic, societal, and human terms,” the letter states.
Facing Addiction also highlights returns on investment of $4 in healthcare costs and $7 in criminal justice costs for every dollar spent on substance use disorder treatment, as documented in research. It states in the letter to the president-elect, “There are likely few investments you will make during your administration with this type of return to the budget and, importantly, to the families and communities impacted.”