July 18, 2012

Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control to Hold Hearing on Prescription Drug Abuse

This hearing examined prescription drug abuse in the United States. According to a recent survey by Monitoring the Future — a University of Michigan study of U.S. students and young adults funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse — prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana.

The hearing transcript is available here.

Opening Statements


Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Feinstein’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery.


Chuck Grassley

Sen. Grassely’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery.


Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.)

Co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse

Gil Kerlikowske

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Joseph Rannazzisi

Deputy Assistant Administrator with the Drug Enforcement Administration

John Eadie

Director of the Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University

Avi Israel

A parent advocate in Buffalo, N.Y.

Vernon Porter

A parent advocate in Orange County, Calif.

Joseph Harmison

Owner of Harmison Pharmacies in Arlington, Texas