On July 26, 2006, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources convened hearings to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.
Officials from key government agencies testified on the extent and causes of the problem and on current government efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse. Parents of young people who died from misuse of addictive prescription drugs also described their tragic experiences. Mathea Falco, President of Drug Strategies and a leader of the Keep Internet Neighborhoods Safe initiative, testified about new strategies the KINS collaboration has developed to curtail illegal internet drug sales. Additional witnesses discussed other aspects of the problem as well as possible responses, including a public advertising campaign by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
Transcripts of the statements of those who testified are available below.
Dr. Nora D. Volkow
Barbara van Rooyan
Stephen E. Johnson