Sending Office: Honorable John R. Moolenaar
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Please Join Us for a Staff Briefing


Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: 

Leveraging Partnerships, Research, and Practice


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

United States Capitol Visitors Center: Congressional Meeting Room South 

Lunch will be Served


Dear Colleague,

Since 1999, the number of opioid overdose deaths has more than quadrupled and is now responsible for over 100 deaths daily. Opioid overdoses currently account for well over 60% of all drug overdose deaths in the United States, with an estimated annual cost
to the U.S. economy of $78.5 billion. Further, the opioid epidemic, which is now the single deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, affects all of our constituents across the nation – in urban and rural communities, among young adolescents and elderly adults,
and across all races and socioeconomic status. The CDC-funded network of injury prevention centers partners with law enforcement, health delivery systems, state and local health departments, and other key stakeholders to develop and implement effective strategies
for reducing the devastating effects resulting from this epidemic.  

Please join us for a bipartisan briefing on the unique and critical role that these Centers have in leading and informing successful programs to reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. Brief presentations will include:

  • Role of Law Enforcement and Surveillance Systems: Craig Summers, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Detroit, MI;
  • Impact on Veterans: Robert Bossarte, Injury Control Research Center, West Virginia University;
  • Challenges in Rural Populations: Carri Casteel, Injury Prevention Research Center, University of Iowa; and
  • Voice of Lived Experience/Survivor: Gary Langis, Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant, Waltham, MA.


The panel will be moderated by Ellen MacKenzie, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Representative Moolenaar at 5-3561, Representative Dingell at
5-4071 or Representative Bishop 5-4872.



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