U.S. House panel convenes in Baltimore to assess opioid epidemic

The Baltimore Sun – At a congressional field hearing on opioids held Tuesday in Baltimore, Republicans, Democrats and health care officials agreed about the scope of the problem, but there appeared to be little agreement about who should do what.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee came to Baltimore, where opioids have been a particular scourge, at the behest of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, its ranking Democrat.

Cummings said heroin and other opioids have become a national “emergency,” noting that during the first two hours of the hearing an estimated half-dozen people around the country lost a parent, sibling or child to an overdose.

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