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Dean Burke addresses congressional hearing on the opioid epidemic


On Monday, June 19, 2017, Dean Burke joined four other public health deans from Appalachian universities to speak at a U.S. congressional hearing on the national opioid epidemic. Addressing the standing-room-only crowd, he spoke about the epidemiology of the crisis and the need for better info on costs. “Billions [of dollars] are needed, and we don't have a good handle on the magnitude of the epidemic. We need data.”

The leaders discussed how university-based public health experts are assisting affected communities by bringing traditional and novel epidemic-control strategies to bear on the disease, including the development and evaluation of treatment options, law enforcement methods, prevention approaches, and state and local policies.

View the Storify posts collection of the ASPPH Congressional briefing on the Opioid Crisis at

Watch the dean's presentation video at


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