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Manchin, Hoeven discuss opioids at Atlantic event

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., discussed the scourge of opioid painkiller addiction, including its impact on rural America at a discussion hosted by The Atlantic Thursday night in Washington.

The event, the first in the magazine’s new “After Hours” program, was held at Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Pennsylvania Avenue. The program was entitled “National Priorities in an Era of Hard Choices,“ and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, joined the senators for part of the discussion.

The same day, Robert Califf, the Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco — and President Barack Obama’s nominee to become FDA commissioner — announced an action plan to reassess the agency’s approach to opioid medications.

The plan will focus on policies aimed at reversing the epidemic, while still providing patients in pain access to effective relief, the FDA said.

–The Hagstrom Report

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