MEDIA ADVISORY: President Clinton to Open Town Hall on Prescription Drug Abuse at Johns Hopkins University

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Town Hall to focus on solutions to the prescription drug abuse epidemic; Today Show correspondent Dr. Gail Saltz to moderate a panel discussion with United States Senator Amy Klobuchar, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Johns Hopkins Behavioral Economist Dr. Douglas Hough

(Baltimore, MD) — On May 13, 2014, President Bill Clinton will open a town hall meeting co-hosted by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to address prescription drug abuse. This date marks the one-year anniversary of President Clinton’s announcement of the Clinton Foundation's intent to address prescription drug misuse, through CHMI. This town hall will focus on the public health approach to comprehensive solutions to the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

WHAT:     Town Hall on Prescription Drug Abuse
               Prescription Drug Abuse: Evidence Informing Action


Opening Remarks:

  • President Bill Clinton

Panel discussion:

  • MODERATOR: Dr. Gail Saltz, Today Show correspondent
  • U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg
  • Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy
  • Johns Hopkins Health Behavioral Economist Dr. Douglas Hough

Additional Remarks:

  • Dr. Michael Klag, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Patricia Davidson, RN, BA, Med, PhD, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Dr. Caleb Alexander, Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness
  • Dr. Andrea Gielen, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy

WHEN:       Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 1:30 PM
                  Media check-in begins: 12:30 PM

WHERE:     Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
                  Sommer Hall, 2nd Floor
                  615 North Wolfe Street
                  Baltimore, MD 21205

Space is limited. Media registration is now open and press planning to cover must be credentialed by the Clinton Foundation. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 12 at 5 PM. To apply, please complete the form at:

To watch the event online, please visit

About the Clinton Foundation
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 farmers in Malawi have improved their incomes by more than 500 percent; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; 8.2 million people have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $200 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 75 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world.

About the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Founded in 1916 as part of the Johns Hopkins University, the Bloomberg School of Public Health is the world's oldest and largest independent school of public health. Every day, the Bloomberg School works to keep millions safe from illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying its knowledge and expertise in the field, and educating tomorrow's scientists and practitioners in the global defense of human life. The Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness was established in 2012 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to improve the safe and effective use of medications with a focus on prescription drug abuse. The knowledge base of the Center’s faculty reflects a diversity of fields, ranging from pharmacovigilance to regulatory policy. The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy is working to reduce opioid poisoning by better understanding the epidemiology of the problem, public opinion and practices related to the use of prescription pain medications, and policies and programs that reduce risk and promote the safe use of these drugs.

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