B339 Rayburn HOB
Drug overdose has become both a major public health crisis and a major issue for Congress. More people die from drug overdoses each year than car crashes. Whether from prescription pain relievers or illicit drugs, the tragic loss of human life can no longer be ignored.
While Congress has largely focused federal resources and attention on policing prescribing practices, a growing number of state and local health officials have implemented programs that equip caregivers, first responders, and other community members with the tools to care for people overdosing from opiate-based substances like Oxycontin, Percocet and heroin. Individuals trained by these programs learn how to recognize signs of an overdose and administer naloxone, the first line therapy used by emergency personnel to rapidly reverse an opiate-based overdose. These programs have been credited with saving more than 10,000 lives and have earned the attention of the FDA, which is holding a hearing on April 12th to examine ways to expand their reach.
Panelists will have just presented at this FDA hearing and will detail several models for community-based programs that target unique populations and discuss the importance of integrating these programs into federal response efforts.
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