Washington Post video: The nation's addiction crisis – Laredo Morning Times

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On Wednesday, June 21 at The Washington Post, policymakers, researchers and health care experts examined the roots of the country’s opioid crisis and discussed solutions for combating addiction in America.

They discussed the role of doctors in managing patients’ pain and helping to fight the epidemic and described what’s being done to reduce the abuse of opioids as recreational drugs and addressed questions like: How might Congress and the Trump Administration take action? Will new recommendations for prescription drug practices be adopted and will they be effective? What measures might be used to prevent addiction and what new treatments could curb addiction rates?

Panels included:

– Addiction Crisis: A Nation Responds: Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., discuss how the U.S. government and Congress are responding to the opioid epidemic. They debate what proposals are on the table and talk about the prospects for bipartisan action on Capitol Hill and in the states.

– An Epidemic in America: Cause and Effect: Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner of Baltimore City and Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at Brandeis University, discuss how doctors and prescription providers are looking at new approaches to prevent, treat, and break patterns of addiction in communities across the country.

– Preventing Abuse: Seizing the Opportunity: Anne Pritchett, Vice President of Research and Policy at PhRMA, discusses the challenges of addressing prescription drug abuse, including the development of abuse-deterrent formulations of opioid medications, non-opioid pain relief alternatives, and drugs that reverse the effects of overdoses.

– Coming Clean: Solutions for Combating Addiction: Former congressman Patrick J. Kennedy left behind a career in politics to focus on tackling addiction and mental health issues. Kennedy shares his personal journey to sobriety and his latest efforts to combat the opioid crisis in America.

– Battelle Sponsored Segment- Addressing Addiction: A Look at Medication Assisted Treatment: Joe Berger, Vice President and General Manager of Health and Consumer Solutions at Battelle and Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discuss medication assisted treatment. They look into various strategies aimed at reducing the number of people developing addiction problems and how to treat those who become addicted.

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Addiction Crisis: A Nation Responds

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An Epidemic in America: Cause and Effect

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Preventing Abuse: Seizing the Opportunity

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Coming Clean: Solutions for Combating Addiction

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