Serial No. 114-46: What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 21, 2015 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the May 21, 2015 hearing "What are the State Governments Doing to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic?" held before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Tim Murphy: "Overdose prevention remains a key aim of any meaningful State strategy, yet States have adopted different approaches to address it. Some provide liability protection for individuals who act in good faith to provide medical assistance to others in the event of an overdose, or expand access to the lifesaving drug naloxone, or use public education on the proper disposal of prescription drugs that are vulnerable to misuse. States also differ on availability and financing of medication-assisted treatments. Opioid maintenance is a bridge for those with addiction disorders to cross over in the recovery process, and we support that. Full recovery is complete abstinence. Medication-assisted treatment is valuable, but it must be coupled with proven psychosocial therapies and other wraparound services to support the person traversing this difficult road and to help with long-term, sustained recovery. Today we want to hear from the States about best-practice models, problems that they have encountered, and how States have addressed this problem. We also seek absolutely candid and honest input from each of our witnesses. Please tell us where there are problems, and please tell us where there are successes with any Federal programs or policies. We will hear from representatives of Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Colorado State Governments, a sampling of the 50-plus separate efforts being pursued by U.S. States and territories to counter opioid abuse." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jerome Adams, Monica Bharel, Larry Wolk, and Mark Stringer.
Serial No. 114-46
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