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

WASHINGTON – Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Co-Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today announced a hearing Wednesday, July 18, at 2:30 p.m. on 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.            

  • Sen. Feinstein
  • Sen. Grassley
  • 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

Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing: Responding to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562

A live stream of the hearing will be available online at