Tilley to testify on Kentucky's opioid crisis before U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday

07/11/2017 05:08 PM

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley will join officials from other states as he testifies on Kentucky’s opioid epidemic before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Wednesday.

Tilley will discuss efforts at battling opiate addiction in the state on the heels of a report by the Office of Drug Control Policy on last year’s record-breaking number of fatal overdoses. Fentanyl, a powerful opiate paid medication that’s up to 50 times more potent than heroin, was a factor in nearly half of the more than 1,400 overdose deaths recorded last year.

His testimony also comes after Gov. Matt Bevin launched the ‘Don’t Let Them Die’ campaign, which highlights the dangers of opioid abuse.

Tilley will be joined by Rebecca Boss, director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals in Rhode Island; Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety and homeland security; and Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford for the committee hearing called “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States,” according to a news release from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

“This a national crisis that has inflicted tremendous suffering on Kentucky families,” Tilley said in a statement. “That’s why it’s imperative to develop a comprehensive, nationwide response that builds on the best strengths of the states and the federal government. Kentucky stands ready to work with all of our partners across the country to beat back this scourge.”

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday and can be seen on the committee’s website or YouTube page.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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  • nutjob wrote on July 12, 2017 07:23 AM :

    I wonder if Mr. Tilley is going to tell the panel that he was the one that ran all of the medically safe opioids out of Kentucky. Everybody thought that “pills” were bad but when Mr. Tilley’s legislation passed the drug of choice went from Oxycontin to heroin. Be careful what you ask for you may get it – Gov Beshear and then Rep Tilley were going to “eliminate the pill mills”, look at what it got them. At least with pills a user could tell by sight and feel if a pill had been altered or tampered with -not so much with heroin. The users have no clue what else has been added to their drugs. Good job Mr. Tilley!

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