Roll Call Announces Fireside Chat Speakers and Panelists for ‘Fighting the Opioid Crisis’ Event

Washington D.C. (July 11, 2017) – Roll Call announced today that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Tim Murphy (D-Pa.) will participate in a fireside chat at the Fighting the Opioid Crisis policy event held at The Newseum’s Knight Conference Center on the 8th Floor, Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is sponsored by Cigna, who will be represented by President and CEO David Cordani.

Discussions will center on the opioid crisis facing the United States and how the federal government can address the growing epidemic, including its impact on the veteran community. In addition to working through potential solutions, Roll Call Live will present and discuss the findings from a recently completed study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

“Only five years ago, prescription opioid and heroin abuse seemed like a limited issue, touching mostly Appalachia or rural areas of New England,” said Steve Komarow, senior vice president and executive editor for CQ News. “Now it’s a nationwide problem that won’t go away anytime soon, and it’s a priority for just about every member of Congress.”

After Sponsored Remarks and the Fireside Chat, the first panel discussion will be moderated by Andrew Siddons, staff writer at CQ Roll Call, and will feature Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.); Dr. Leana Wen, commissioner of health, City of Baltimore; and Cynthia Reilly, director of the Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative for The Pew Charitable Trusts.

A second panel discussion moderated by Josselyn Simpson, Americas editorial director for The Economist Intelligence Unit, will feature Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; Dr. Amy Kilbourne, director of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative within the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Allison Jaslow, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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