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Kirsten Reed

Policy Associate, National Council for Behavioral Health

Senators Host Women and Addiction Forum; Linda Rosenberg Moderates

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On July 22, the National Council co-sponsored a forum hosted by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) on women and addiction. Nationally-recognized researchers, practitioners, policymakers and Members of Congress including Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy discussed policy priorities to help women in treatment for addiction.

Additionally, the National Council’s President & CEO, Linda Rosenberg, moderated a panel on the role of trauma as a factor contributing to addiction, relapse, and recidivism in women. This is the second in a series of bipartisan convenings to help identify a strategy to elevate and advance addiction treatment and recovery nationwide and develop an agenda for the next Congress.

The National Council is working with the conveners to fashion comprehensive legislation to support prevention and treatment services to address the current prescription drug and heroin epidemic.