- To discuss the findings and recommendations from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
- To review the City of Baltimore’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic in their community.
- Over the past 20 years, opioid-related overdose deaths have quadrupled as the quantity of opioids prescribed has risen. In 2015, more than 50,000 Americans died as a result of heroin and prescription opioid drug overdose.
- On October 26, 2017, the Acting Secretary for the Health and Human Services Department declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis.
- On March 29, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission released its final recommendations on November 1, 2017.
- On July 26, 2017, the Committee held a hearing examining options for reauthorizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and its effort to coordinate drug control policy and spending across the federal government.
Witnesses and testimonies
|The Honorable Chris Christie||Governor of New Jersey||Document|
|Mr. Richard Baum||Acting Director||Office of National Drug Control Policy||Document|
|Dr. Leana Wen||Health Commissioner||Baltimore City Health Department||Document|
|Dr. Caleb Alexander||Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health||Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness||Document|