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“These are difficult discussions, and frustrating for all of us,” said Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) in his opening remarks during the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s hearing on “The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act.”

The opioid crisis that currently exists in the U.S. has been fermenting since the 1990s. Doctors increasingly dispensed opioids from 112 million prescriptions in 1992 to a peak of 282 million in 2012, CNN reports.

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