Roundtable discusses opioid epidemic

A recent virtual roundtable, hosted by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), discussed efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

Discussions included federal and local efforts to reduce opioid misuse.

Earlier this year, Toomey introduced two bills addressing the crisis. The Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act would penalize foreign countries that fail to limit the flow of illicit fentanyl into the United States. The IMPROVE Addiction Care Act would notify Medicare Part D plan sponsors of individuals with a history of opioid-related overdose.

“… the topic about which I’ve had the most meetings and discussions since I joined the Senate has been the opioid epidemic and the drug addiction that is related to it,” Toomey said. “This is a scourge that continues to impact our entire commonwealth. It does not discriminate based on age, race, social standing, or geography, and it’s been devastating. I think it’s also true that there’s been some progress in recent years.”

Panelists included Dr. Julie Donohue from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone, Penn Medicine Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy founding director and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania professor of emergency medicine; and David Kennedy, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association president.

Melina Druga

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