Medical Experts: Inadequate Federal Approach to Opioid Treatment and the Need to Expand Care, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, June 19, 2019 [open pdf - 364KB]
This is the June 19, 2019 hearing titled "Medical Experts: Inadequate Federal Approach to Opioid Treatment and the Need to Expand Care," held before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. From the opening statement of Elijah Cummings: "Today, the committee will be examining legislation that could significantly increase access to treatment across the country for those suffering from substance use disorder. Substance use disorder is a generational health crisis, but most people suffering from it are not able to get the evidence-based treatment that they so urgently need. [...] The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reported earlier this year that in 2016 just 36 percent of the specialty treatment facilities offered any form of FDA [Food and Drug Administration]-approved medication for opioid use disorder. It concluded, 'Only six percent of facilities offered all three medications' approved to treat this disease." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Susan R. Bailey, Yngvild K. Olsen, Arthur C. Evans, Jean Ross, Angela Gray, and Nancy K. Young.
Serial No. 116-35
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