America's Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 14, 2014   [open pdf - 3MB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 14, 2014 hearing, "America's Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse," before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. From the opening statement of Dianne Feinstein: "State-based prescription drug monitoring programs, along with mandatory checks of electronic databases, can help doctors and pharmacists identify drug abusers. Since requiring mandatory checks, New York has seen a 75 percent decrease in 'doctor shopping' and significant reductions in pain reliever prescriptions. So, drug take-back programs can also help reduce opioid abuse because they get unused prescription pain medicines out of family medicine cabinets, where too many young adults first obtain these drugs. And, heroin entering the United States from other countries must also be addressed. The DEA's Heroin Signature Program, in 2012, determined that 90 percent of wholesale heroin seizures were able to be traced came from Mexico or South America. DEA also reports that the Mexican-based Sinaloa Drug Cartel is expanding its market eastward, and producing and selling heroin that is more pure." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Grassley, Tom Udall, Rob Portman, Michael P. Botticelli, Nora D. Volkow, H. Westley Clark, Joseph T. Rannazzisi, and Andrew Kolodny.

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