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President Bill Clinton Opens Town Hall

President ClintonPrescription Drug Abuse: Evidence Informing Action

Our nation’s fastest growing drug problem—prescription drug misuse and abuse—was the focus of a town hall meeting, Prescription Drug Abuse: Evidence Information Action, co-hosted on May 13, 2014 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative.

This event—the first of an ongoing collaboration between the Bloomberg School and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to explore public health issues and solutions—marked the one-year anniversary of President Clinton’s announcement of the Foundation’s intent to address prescription drug misuse.

Thought leaders from around the country shared ideas and energy as they applied evidence to inform action. Speakers from Johns Hopkins included:

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Patricia Davidson, RN, BA, MEd, PhD, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS, associate professor and founding co-director, Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Andrea Gielen, ScD, professor and director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Panelists included:

Gail Saltz, MD, Today Show correspondent (Moderator)
Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator, Minnesota
Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
Douglas E. Hough, PhD, associate director, MHA Program, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative; co-founder, One Mind for Research and SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana); founder, Kennedy Forum

The event was co-sponsored by the Bloomberg School’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness and the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy.

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