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U.S. Rep. David Trone discussed the merger of his Freshmen Working Group on Addiction with the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force on Thursday at the Rx Summit. Rep. Lori Trahan, meanwhile, said she is reintroducing legislation to standardize SUD training for prescribers.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared the ways in which the U.S. State Department is working with other nations and various groups to disrupt the sophisticated operations of transnational criminal drug trade organizations.
Today’s addiction crisis is not the same as those that preceded it, and while there are reasons for concern, CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in a session presented Wednesday morning that she also sees reasons for hope.
To overcome setbacks in combating the nation’s opioid crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, policies and resources will need to be crafted in ways that address systemic inequities that have exacerbated challenges for specific populations, Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Tom Coderre told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees on Wednesday evening.
Acknowledging that addiction is a crisis that “touches families in every community in red states and blue states, across all races and creeds,” President Joe Biden told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in prepared remarks presented on Monday that his administration will face the challenge head-on.

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