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Walden on AEI’s Podcast Discussing #OpioidCrisis: “We’re seeing families ripped apart.”


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WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this week, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) joined the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for a conversation on Congress’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Following the discussion, Chairman Walden stopped by AEI’s policy podcast, Banter.

When asked about what we have learned about the opioid crisis, Chairman Walden highlighted the shift from expensive painkillers to cheaper drugs like heroin, as well as the growing danger of these street drugs being laced with synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

“It’s deadly. It ruins lives. It destroys our communities, it is of epidemic proportion,” Chairman Walden told Banter.

When asked about the role of enforcement efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chairman Walden spoke to the committee’s ongoing bipartisan investigation into alleged pill dumping in the state of West Virginia, saying, “The DEA hasn’t been as forthcoming with document requests and information as we would like. We need to be partners in this effort and we want to figure out from a public policy standpoint what do we need to do. What laws need to be changed, what policies need to be changed, what programs are working – what are not – and move forward.”

Missed Monday’s event at AEI? Click HERE to catch some highlights.

Banter #290: Congressman Greg Walden on the opioid crisis

This week on Banter, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) joins the show to discuss the opioid epidemic and how Congress is addressing the crisis. Rep. Walden is the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He keynoted an event at AEI hosted by AEI Resident Scholar Sally Satel on addressing the opioid epidemic.

This is the first installment of a series on “Bridging the Dignity Divide.” Over the next six weeks, Banter guests will address topics such as ending the opioid epidemic, expanding career and technical education, reintegrating the incarcerated into society, and promoting work and family formation to overcome poverty. …

Listen to the podcast HERE.

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