Addiction in America: A Nation Responds
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.
Faces of the Epidemic
A family from Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, an area that has been especially hard-hit by the crisis, speak out about the toll the epidemic has taken on the lives of their loved ones.
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."
      Washington Post video reporter Alice Li, talks with Todd and Dorie Burke, who lost their son to opioid addiction, about the importance of grief therapy groups.
        Todd Burke and Dorie Burke
        Family members of opioid addiction victim
        Todd and Dorie Burke lost a son to opioid addiction and were recently featured in a joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation on the drug industry and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
        Moderated by Lenny Bernstein
        Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine for The Washington Post. Bernstein co-authored the report behind the joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation into the opioid epidemic.
        Moderated by Alice Li
        Alice Li is a video reporter for The Washington Post. Li is part of the team behind the joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation into the opioid epidemic.
        Lawmakers Respond to the Crisis
        Three of Capitol Hill’s leading voices on this issue discuss how the epidemic has impacted their home states and whether Congressional action can address a growing national health crisis.
        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.
        • Oct 18
        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.
        • Oct 18
        Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) describes pending legislation to combat America's opioid crisis.
        • Oct 18
        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
        Senator, Ohio
        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.
        Moderated by Mike DeBonis
        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."
              Lenny Bernstein
              Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine for The Washington Post. Bernstein co-authored the report behind the joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation into the opioid epidemic.
              Scott Higham
              Scott Higham is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. Higham co-authored the report behind the joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation into the opioid epidemic.
              Ira Rosen
              "60 Minutes"
              Ira Rosen is a Producer for CBS News "60 Minutes." Rosen was a producer on the joint Washington Post-CBS News investigation into the opioid epidemic.
              Moderated by Libby Casey
              Libby Casey is the Politics and Accountability Anchor at The Washington Post.
              Sponsored Segment
              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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