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Hearing on "An Epidemic within a Pandemic: Understanding Substance Use and Misuse in America"

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:30am
Virtual Hearing via Cisco Webex

The Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a legislative hearing on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. via Cisco WebEx. The hearing is entitled, "An Epidemic within a Pandemic: Understanding Substance Use and Misuse in America."


Key Documents

Memorandum from Chairman Pallone to the Subcommittee on Health 

Opening Statement from Chairman Pallone as prepared for delivery 

Opening Statement from Subcommittee Chairwoman Eshoo as prepared for delivery





H.R. 654, the "Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act"

H.R. 955, the "Medicaid Reentry Act of 2021"

H.R. 1384, the "Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of 2021"

H.R. 1910, the "Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting Fentanyl Act"

H.R. 2051, the "Methamphetamine Response Act"

H.R. 2067, the "Medication Access and Training Expansion Act"

H.R. 2355, the "Opioid Prescription Verification Act"

H.R. 2364, the "Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act"

H.R. 2366, the "Support, Treatment, and Overdose Prevention of Fentanyl Act of 2021"

H.R. 2379, the "State Opioid Response Grant Reauthorization Act"

H.R. 2405, the "Streamlining Research on Controlled Substances Act"



Panel I

Regina M. LaBelle
Acting Director
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy



Panel II

Geoffrey M. Laredo
Santa Cruz Strategies, LLC.



Patricia L. Richman
National Sentencing and Resource Counsel
Federal Public and Community Defenders



Mark Vargo
Pennington County State's Attorney
Legislative Committee Chairman, National District Attorneys Association



Timothy Westlake, M.D., F.F.S.M.B., F.A.C.E.P.
Emergency Department Medical Director
Pro Health Care Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital



J. Deanna Wilson, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine