What is the Federal Government 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 1, 2015 [open pdf - 7MB]
This is the May 1, 2015 hearing "What is the Federal Government 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: "Today, we will hear from Federal agencies charged with providing guidance, direction, and leadership in our Nation's public health response to the opiate epidemic. No Federal agency is more central in this ongoing epidemic than the Department of Health and Human Services or HHS. HHS and its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, also known as SAMHSA, are responsible for leading our Nation's public health response to the opiate heroin abuse and addiction crisis. SAMHSA regulates our country's 1,300 opiate treatment programs, and SAMHSA is responsible for certifying the 26,000 physicians who prescribe the most commonlyused [sic] opiate maintenance medication, buprenorphine. According to testimony provided by SAMHSA before this subcommittee in April of last year, there were nearly 1.5 million people treated with these opiate maintenance medications in 2012, which is a fivefold increase in the last 10 years. Has SAMHSA defined the goal of recovery for what these federally subsidized treatment programs are supposed to accomplish? Is SAMHSA collecting and evaluating meaningful data at an individualized level that would hold grant recipients individually accountable for effective results? So far, preliminary examination indicates the answers are no. And when you don't define where you're going, every road you take still leaves you lost. So we're hoping we can get some direction today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael P. Botticelli, Richard G. Frank, Nora D. Volkow, Douglas C. Throckmorton, Debra Houry, Pamela S. Hyde, and Patrick Conway.
Serial No. 114-38
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