Make your opinions on opioid crisis known to officials

Thanks to the people who spoke up about drug addiction and to Sen. Patty Murray for listening to them (“Opioid users and victims to Sen. Patty Murray: ‘Help.,’” The Herald, Feb. 23)

This is how democracy works: people talking to those who represent them. This can be done in public events like this one, or through calls, letters and visits to our representatives. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is also holding public meetings for constituents to speak up to him about issues that matter. With our voices, we can help change things for the better.

Armed with constituent stories, both of these elected representatives reach out to their peers in Congress to bring about positive change. The more of us who speak up, the more likely things will change. This is currently shown by over 130 members of both parties cosponsoring the Reach Every Mother and Child Act to end more than 6 million preventable deaths in our world every year. So be inspired, make a call, ask for action dealing with the issues that trouble us today.

Willie Dickerson


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