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.


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