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#SubHealth to Review Legislation in Response to Opioid Crisis and Enforcement Issues


WASHINGTON, DC – The Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), today scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Helping Communities Balance Enforcement and Patient Safety.”

In the first of three legislative hearings to examine the opioid crisis and possible legislative solutions, #SubHealth will review several bills pertaining to the Controlled Substances Act.

“As we continue our efforts to tackle this epidemic, it’s imperative we strike the right balance between necessary enforcement and patient safety,” said #SubHealth Chairman Burgess. “As the people’s representatives, we need to make sure law enforcement can get dangerous, illicit drugs out of our communities and licensed health professionals are able to safely dispose of unused prescriptions, particularly opioids. We’ll examine a number of important policies that will improve access to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, make important updates to outdated laws, review ideas on how providers and pharmacists can better inform patients, all with the common goal of protecting our family, friends, and neighbors.”

The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted.



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