CSG Staff Discusses Compact with Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse

Crady deGolian, Senior Policy Analyst with CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) and Rick Masters, special counsel to NCIC, participated in the Prescription Drug Abuse Forum hosted by the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.  The meeting, which was co-chaired Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05), Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), and Congressman Bill Delahunt (MA-10) provided an opportunity for subject matter experts to brief members of Congress and legislative staffers about the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and steps that are being taken to combat the problem.  

The meeting served as the first formal opportunity for CSG staff to discuss the nearly completed Prescription Monitoring Program Compact.  During the hearing Crady deGolian and Rick Masters briefed the audience on CSG’s involvement in the compact, some of the highlights from the legislation, and briefly discussed next steps.  A few minutes were also devoted to the issue of congressional consent, which is required with some compacts and not necessary in all cases. 

Other highlights from the meeting included a presentation about prescription drug abuse from R. Gil Kerlikowske, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; remarks about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s roll in reducing prescription abuse; and a firsthand account of how dangerous prescription drug abuse can be from Massachusetts State Senator Steven Tolman.