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America’s Opioid Epidemic: Strategies for Prevention

Across the United States, public health officials have advocated and implemented a multi-pronged approach to tackle the opioid epidemic. Along with treatment, what role could education and prevention play in halting the march of this public health crisis? How could pain research and better pain management practices help break the cycle of addiction?

The Hill convened policymakers, public health officials, medical experts and patient advocates for a conversation on steps that can be taken at both a local and national level to address the opioid crisis.


  • Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations
  • Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Surgery and Director, The Johns Hopkins Center for Opioid Research and Education
  • Rob Morrison, Executive Director, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
  • Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President and CEO, Addiction Policy Forum
  • Christin Veasley, Co-founder and Director, Chronic Pain Research Alliance
  • Mark Merritt, President and CEO, PCMA


  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
  • Rachel Roubein, Healthcare Reporter, The Hill

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