Senator Marco Rubio will chair a hearing Thursday in Washington D.C. about the nation’s heroin epidemic.

Rubio, in his position as chair of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, will oversee the hearing, which will be titled “Cartels and the U.S. Heroin Epidemic: Combating Drug Violence and Public Health Crisis.”

Rubio met with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs recently to discuss the epidemic. Jacobs has been a tireless advocate for fighting the heroin epidemic, and will appear at the panel Thursday in D.C.

Also appearing at the panel will be Daniel L. Foote, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Kemp Chester, Associate Director for the National Heroin Coordination Group and Steven Dudley, co-director of Insight Crime.

Rubio has stressed the importance of cutting off the drug supply from the Mexican border and getting proper treatment for those suffering from addiction to heroin.

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