The Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?
June 21, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30pm

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A discussion with Mr. Chuck Rosenberg, senior counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP; former acting administrator of the DEA; chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey and counselor to FBI Director Robert Mueller; and an MSNBC legal analyst, on how the United States and Mexico should address the drug war.

In 2016, misuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids cost the United States $504 billion in economic activity, and contributed to the estimated $19-28 billion in profit cartels generate annually from drug sales in the United States. In an attempt to reign in access to illicit drugs, the U.S. and Mexican governments have long teamed up to target traffickers operating south of the U.S. border.

Drawing on his experience running the DEA, and his more than two decades at the highest levels of federal law enforcement, Mr. Rosenberg will provide an inside look at the crisis and the important role law enforcement plays. He will also address the fact that it is primarily a public health issue that must be addressed through education, treatment, rehabilitation, and a change in the culture of pain management.

How did we get here? What continues to fuel the crisis? Where is it headed? What should the United States and Mexico do to address it?


Mr. Chuck Rosenberg, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring

Chuck Rosenberg served as acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration from 2015-2017, chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey from 2013-2015, and counsel to FBI Director Robert Mueller from 2002-2003. He also served as a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2006-2008 and of the Southern District of Texas from 2005-2006. He is currently a legal analyst for MSNBC. Read more.


Ms. Jessica Yellin, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy

Jessica Yellin is former chief White House correspondent for CNN. Read more.

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