S. Hrg. 114-529: Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities, Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 23, 2016 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the February 23, 2016 hearing titled, "Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. From the opening statement of Orrin G. Hatch, U.S. Senator from Utah and Chairman of the Committee on Finance: "Opioids are a powerful class of drugs prescribed to treat severe pain. When used appropriately, these drugs provide much-needed relief to patients after a surgical procedure or during treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, opioids also have qualities that make them addictive and prone to abuse. The goal of today's hearing is to help us gain a better understanding of why opioid use has risen dramatically in the past 15 years and how we can best curtail abuse. Put simply, opioid abuse has become an epidemic and a significant public health problem. While it puts serious strains on our health-care system, including Medicare and other Federal programs, the most devastating consequence of opioid abuse is the human impact. Opioid abuse takes a major toll on families and children, often persisting for generations. The statistics are staggering. Opioids are prescribed in such quantities that every adult in the United States could have a month's supply. Approximately 7,000 people show up in an emergency room each day for treatment of problems associated with prescription opioid abuse. One opioid-related death takes place in our country almost every 30 minutes. [...] The good news is that there is wide recognition of the problem and shared interest in trying to find solutions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Allan Coukell, Nancy K. Young, David Hart.
S. Hrg. 114-529; Senate Hearing 114-529
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