Close to Home: How Opioids Are Impacting Communities, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, November 8, 2017 [open pdf - 5MB]
This document is the November 8, 2017 hearing titled "Close to Home: How Opioids Are Impacting Communities" before both the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. From the opening statements= of Todd Rokita: "The opioid crisis is having a profound impact on families, jobs, communities, and the economy, and that is why we are here today. The issue of drug overdoses due to opioids is only getting worse as death related opioids have quadrupled since 1999. And we have some fast facts up on the screen detailing all of this. In fact, in 2016 alone there were approximately 64,000 fatal drug overdoses. This means that the opioid crisis is claiming the lives of 175 Americans per day. [...] The epidemic can no longer be ignored and it is important that we hear from those who are on the ground and facing tragic truths of this opioid crisis every day. The witnesses we have gathered here today understand the opioid problem better than any of us here in Washington perhaps because they see it and they fight it in their communities nearly every hour of every day. So I am pleased this committee can come together to understand this true public health emergency and its impact on communities across the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Cox, Toni Miner, Tim Robinson, Leana Wen, Alma Adams, and Joe Courtney.
Serial No. 115-28
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