Ocean County Prosecutor To Speak On Deadly Fentanyl At House Hearing

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

WASHINGTON, DC – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato will testify during a house hearing on “Tackling Fentanyl: Holding China Accountable” on September 6 hosted by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and the House Global Health Subcommittee.

The hearing will discuss the deadly effects of fentanyl exported from China to the US. Coronato will speak alongside various officials from the US State Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Countless American citizens, as well as individuals in many countries, have felt the scourge of the opioid epidemic,” Smith stated. “The global crisis has been exacerbated by the fact that deadly fentanyl is now being exported from China. China’s role in this matter must be brought to light, and Congress must exercise its oversight role to ensure that Beijing doesn’t get a free pass in contributing to the problem.”

Witnesses to speak during the hearing include:

  • The Honorable Kirsten D. Madison, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, US Department of State
  • Paul E. Knierim, Deputy Chief of Operations, Office of Global Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Bryce Pardo, Ph.D., Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Daniel Ciccarone, M.D., Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Joseph Coronato, Prosecutor, Prosecutor’s Office Ocean County, New Jersey

“Tackling Fentanyl: Holding China Accountable” will take place on September 6 at 2 p.m.