Opioid Crisis: Stopping the Flow of Synthetic Opioids in the International Mail System, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, April 25, 2018 [open pdf - 15MB]
This is the April 25, 2018 hearing on "The Opioid Crisis: Stopping the Flow of Synthetic Opioids in the International Mail System" held before the Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. From the opening statement of David G. Reichert: "We are having a hearing today on how to stop the flow of synthetic opioids in the international mail system. In 2016, nearly 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, nearly doubled from 10 years ago. Of those deaths, approximately 66 percent involved opioids. In my home State of Washington, there has been a 134 percent increase in opioid-related cases between 2004 and 2016. That is an increase of 33 percent. To put this in stark and shocking terms, the increase in opioid related deaths in Washington State exceeds the growth in the State's population. There has been a sharp rise in the number of deaths involving fentanyl, a cheap, synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine. The number of Americans who died from an overdose on synthetic opioid more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. Because fentanyl is so potent, it takes only a very small amount to cause severe or deadly reactions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Todd C. Owen and Robert Cintron.
Serial No. 115-TR04
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