If everybody knows that drug addiction is a significant nationalissue, many may still not understand the extent that it reachesinto nearly every community, family, and workplace in thecountry.

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That's the message from UNITE to Face Addiction, an advocacy grouppushing for federal laws aimed at treating addiction.

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On Sunday, the group plans a national rally and benefit concert(including Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler,and other performers) on theMall in Washington, D.C. to pressure lawmakers to take action onwhat it calls an "addiction crisis."

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Then on Monday, October 5, citizen advocates will meet withtheir members of Congress as part of Advocacy Day to demandsolutions to the addiction crisis.

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"Advocacy Day will be a historic opportunity for over 500citizen advocates from nearly every state in the union to demandmajor addiction policy change and to demonstrate that we are aconstituency of consequence,” said Greg Williams, the group'sco-founder.

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Read: Survey finds widespread anxiety overpainkiller addiction

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The group is focused on three bills in particular. One, theComprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, would provide federalfunding to local efforts to combat opioid abuse.

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The second, the REDEEM Act, is aimed at creating alternative andreduced sentences for non-violent offenders, particularly thoseconvicted of drug offenses.

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Finally, the group is urging federal regulatory agencies to"fully implement" all provisions of the Mental Health Parity andAddiction Equity Act, which was passed in 2008 and expanded by theAffordable Care Act.

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In one of the increasingly rare instances of bipartisancooperation, members of Congress from across the political spectrumhave voiced support for a number of policies to move drug users outof prisons.

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The shock in communities across the country at the rise inprescription drug addiction and its link to heroin use hasgalvanized leaders of all political persuasions to push forsolutions from government.

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Conveniently, the growing demand for more policies (andtherefore, money) aimed at heroin abuse has been accompanied by agrowing indifference to marijuana use, with polls showing that mostAmericans now believe that cannabis should either be legalized ordecriminalized.

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