Chairman Of Ohio's Cardinal Health Apologizes To Congress In Opioid Crisis Testimony

An arrangement of opioid pills containing oxycodone and acetaminophen

An arrangement of opioid pills containing oxycodone and acetaminophen

Lawmakers accused the wholesalers of taking no action after millions of opioid pills were shipped to West Virginia, which has suffered the highest rates of overdose deaths in the country. Lawmakers are making an election-year push for legislation aimed at curbing a growing epidemic that saw almost 64,000 people die last year from drug overdoses, two-thirds from opioids. The panel has said distributors sent more than 780 million pills of hydrocodone and oxycodone - prescription pain-killers that have caused many overdose deaths - to West Virginia from 2007 to 2012.

Executives slated to testify included top officials from Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corp. and McKesson Corp., the nation's three biggest wholesale drug distributors.

Near the end of the hearing, Rep. David McKinley, a West Virginia Republican who does not sit on the committee, paid a visit to voice his frustration over the drug distributor heads' mixed responses over whether their companies played a role in facilitating the crisis in his home state. Almost 64,000 people died previous year from drug overdoses, and two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids. Other states with high death rates included Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, plus Washington, D.C.

"The fury inside me right now is bubbling over with how we're going to address this problem", McKinley said. He said he found the denial of responsibility "particularly offensive" and he wondered aloud about the proper punishment.

"I just want you to feel shame in your roles, respectively, in all this", he continued.

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Además, se convirtió en el primer conjunto desde que se juegan torneos cortos en ganar todos sus partidos como local. "El margen de error será mínimo y para eso nos tenemos que preparar muy bien". "Podría pensar en una idea de ir de visitante y especular con el resultado, pero eso no te asegura nada.

The state has been ravaged by overdose deaths after hundreds of millions of the potentially addictive pills were sold.

Investigators said 20.8 million opioid pills were shipped from 2006 to 2016 to Williamson, population 2,900. The government requires distributors of controlled substances to report suspicious drug orders to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and to deny questionable transactions. Now, lawmakers want executives of those companies to explain how that happened. The officials also acknowledged responsibility for fixing the problem but said that was divided with others, too.

In some cases, they apologized.

The Energy and Commerce panel has been working on dozens of bills that include encouraging doctors to use non-addictive pain killers, spurring research on such products, broadening access to treatment and giving financial incentives for drug treatment specialists to work in underserved areas.

Four years later, the industry reached a settlement to pay the states more than $200 billion over 25 years to reimburse them for tobacco-related health care costs.

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