Source: CEPOP

This meeting featured discussion of addressing the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

The CEPOP All-Participants Monthly Teleconference took place Monday, April 30 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET.

Below is the agenda of the items covered and a downloadable copy of the agenda document.


I. Welcome

II. Focus Topic Discussions

A. Addressing the Epidemic in Rural Communities Across America
Ms. Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, USDA

B. Innovation in the Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Cartier Esham, PhD, Executive Vice President, Emerging Companies, Biotechnology Innovation
Organization (BIO)

III. Advocacy and Policy Priorities

A. Budget Strategy

i. FY 2019 Appropriations Advocacy

B. Congressional Focus on the Opioid Epidemic

i. Senate HELP Committee – The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (link and markup)

ii. House Energy & Commerce Committee – Hearings & Subcommittee Mark-up

iii. Senate Finance Hearing on Medicare, Medicaid and the Opioid Epidemic (link)

iv. MAT Access (CEPOP Letter)

C. Follow-Up to National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit (April 2-5)

i. CEPOP Event

ii. Federal Initiatives

  1. NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative (link)
  2. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone (link)
  3. FDA on Product Packaging, Dosing and Illegal Access via Internet Platforms

IV. Working Groups

A. CEPOP Federal Agency Meeting Updates (Meeting Readouts Attached)

i. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Kim Brandt (Thursday, March 29th)

ii. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD (Monday, April 23rd)

B. Takeback and Anti-Diversion

i. Safe Disposal: GAO Takeback Report Follow-Up and Next Steps

C. Safe Use and Prevention

i. Safer Pain Management Access Roundtable (Potential FDA Collaboration)

ii. MAT Access, Coverage and Reimbursement

iii. Opioid Use Disorder Stigma Reduction

V. Organizational Updates: Sharing Intel, Participant News and Updates

Next Monthly CEPOP All-Participants Meeting: Monday, May 28, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 4:0o p.m. EST

Download the agenda.