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The Role of Science in Overcoming the Opioid Epidemic

  • 2226 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, I am reaching out to encourage you to attend a briefing on The Role of Science in Overcoming the Opioid Epdiemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 Americans on average die every day from opioid overdoses.  Data from 2017 show up to 30% increased rates of opioid overdose deaths compared to 2016, with fentanyl playing an increasing role in the crisis.  Over 300,000 have died since the year 2000, surpassing motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of unintentional deaths. The economic toll is estimated to be a staggering $78.5 billion per year nationwide. Science has provided some solutions to aspects of the problem, but existing evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies
are underutilized. 

This briefing will examine what science tells us about the intertwined problems of nonmedical use of prescription pain medicines, heroin use, and opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. The briefing will also address research being conducted to understand the
impact of various policy changes on rates of opioid misuse, opioid use disorders, and related public health outcomes. Topics covered will include abuse-deterrent formulations for opioid analgesics and the development of non-addictive analgesics capable of alleviating severe pain, educational initiatives delivered in school and community settings, prescription drug monitoring programs, and more. You will also hear from a patient advocate who lost her husband of 19 years after battling with addiction. Details are below:

The Role of Science in

Overcoming the Opioid Crisis
Wednesday June 20, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Light refreshments will be provided
RSVP: Jared Grigas at crdfellow3@dc-crd.com

(This widely-attended event complies with all appropriate regulations.)

Speakers: 

  • Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
  • Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Associate Provost, Clinical and Translational Science, Director, South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute
  • Karen Korfman, Nurse and Patient Advocate

We hope you will come learn more about this important affecting our country.  

Earl Blumenauer Cathy McMorris-Rodgers

Founder & Co-Chair, Congressional Neuroscience CaucusFounder & Co-Chair, Congressional Neuroscience Caucus