- To promote awareness of the stigma against people addicted to drugs so that the people who are addicted and their families will not be afraid to seek help and so that doctors and nurses will give them the best treatment possible. In addition people who are addicted to drugs should be treated with respect by society. The world should become aware that people who are addicted to drugs have a disease that is difficult to cure. These people need the support of their families friends and the medical field in order to win their battle.
- To promote awareness of the magnitude of the problem. Society doesn’t realize the extent of the problem because usually people want to hide their addiction. People don’t share the reason that their son or daughter is not able to function or the reason that their son or daughter has passed away. The person addicted to drugs keeps his/her problem from everyone. He/she is alone with an insurmountable problem. He/she is embarrassed, and he/she is worried about criminal charges.
- To help those who are addicted to have hope and to seek help with the knowledge that they can win the battle – the most difficult battle of their life but they must be willing to fight for their life and to accept the support from family, friends, the medical community, law enforcement and society as a whole. They can not do this on their own.
These people that are plagued by addiction are our family members, friends, and coworkers. Addiction touches everyone. Our nation has failed those people with addictions. We need to change laws and educate society in a more effective manner. Dr. Vivek Murthy, from the US Surgeon General who spoke at the Unite to Face Addiction Rally on October 4, 2015 in Washington DC states, “We need to stop treating addiction as a moral failing, and start seeing it for what it is: a chronic disease that must be treated with urgency and compassion.”