To our Public Officials,
We, the undersigned residents of Massachusetts, affirm our support for the replacement/restoration of the detox and recovery beds on Long Island lost with the closing of the bridge on October 8, 2014. We are committed to a state of recovery, and a state where all residents are healthy and thrive. We stand with all people who believe in the same goal and the same ideal.
For restoration to occur, we need to admit to God, to ourselves, and to one another, the ways we have failed those seeking addiction recovery. Massachusetts is in the midst of a state-declared opiate epidemic. When the bridge was closed, programs for 300 people were taken offline without sufficient plans to replace them. Men and women who were trying to get clean and sober were turned out with no place to go. Two-thirds of the inpatient detox beds for women in the City of Boston vanished. The only recovery program in the state for women living with HIV/AIDS was lost. We can no longer turn our eyes from the human devastation this has caused.
We ask you, our elected leaders, to join us in making amends. We sign our names in affirmation of your urgent, decisive action to restore/replace the lost programs. We commit to working in partnership with you to build the political will and communal power to #restorethebeds lost on Long Island.
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