On Wednesday, October 18, The Washington Post brought lawmakers, industry leaders and journalists together to discuss how the nation is responding to America’s opioid epidemic. The program also features an inside look at a joint Washington Post-"60 Minutes" investigation on the drug industry and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
A family from Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, an area that has been especially hard-hit by America’s opioid crisis, speaks out about the toll the epidemic has taken on the lives of their loved ones. The Burkes lost a son to opioid addiction and were recently featured in a joint Washington Post-"60 Minutes" investigation on the drug industry and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Todd and Dorie Burke, who lost a son to an opioid overdose, discuss the early stages of their son's addiction to pain killers and opioids. Todd Burke said he told his son, "If anything ever happened to you, I wouldn't want to live."
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), three of Capitol Hill’s leading voices on this issue, discuss how the epidemic has impacted their home states and the actions Congress is taking to address a growing national health crisis.
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) discuss the STOP Act, which would require foreign postal services to provide electronic security data on all packages shipped to the United States.
Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) describes pending legislation to combat America's opioid crisis.
Oct 18, 2017
Sen. Maggie Hassan
Senator, New Hampshire
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. In New Hampshire, she is working to combat the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis. Hassan is a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP); the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and the Joint Economic Committee.
Sen. Joe Manchin III
Senator, West Virginia
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010. He currently serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Select Committe on Intelligence, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Sen. Rob Portman
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was first elected to the Senate in 2010. Portman authored the 'Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act,' which was signed into law in July 2016 and increases addiction prevention and education, expands drug treatment, and promotes community support services for those in recovery.
Mike DeBonis is a congressional reporter for The Washington Post.
Where The Story Goes From Here
Reporters behind a joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation discuss how the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to crack down on the opioid epidemic were derailed as the number of opioid drug deaths increased.
Washington Post reporters, Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham, along with "60 Minutes" producer Ira Rosen, discuss the joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation about how the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to crack down on the opioid epidemic were derailed as the number of opioid drug deaths increased.
The Washington Post's Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham, along with "60 Minutes" producer, Ira Rosen, discuss their Washington Post-CBS News investigation on the drug industry and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
During a Washington Post Live discussion about the joint Washington Post-"60 Minutes" investigation into the drug industry and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, "60 Minutes" producer, Ira Rosen, calls the reporting "a true collaboration."
Roger A. Krone, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Leidos, and Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, Ron Brownstein, discuss the opioid crisis and next steps.
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