S. Hrg. 115-70: Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis, Hearing Before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session June 8, 2017 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the June 8, 2017 hearing on "Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis" held Hearing before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States. From the opening statement of Patrick J. Tiberi: "Drug abuse has become rampant in America and may be the worst the country has ever experienced. It is devastating families, degrading communities, and under-mining several parts of our economy. [...] Determining cause and effect is obviously critical to reaching the right conclusions. Feedback effects often complicate causality and make a clear understanding of major causes that we are experiencing difficult. For example, does a bad economy lead to drug abuse or does drug abuse to a bad economy by lowering productivity, labor force participation, and social cohesion? We will hear about the economic decline of certain groups leading to despair and self-destructive behavior; of damage drug abuse causes individuals, families, and communities in all segments of society; and of developments in the production and marketing of addictive drugs which have made them more dangerous, affordable, and available." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard G. Frank, Lisa N. Sacco, Mike DeWine, and Sir Angus Deaton."
S. Hrg. 115-70; Senate Hearing 115-70
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