Addiction prevention coalition Voices for Non-Opioid Choices has retained political and public affairs shop Venn Strategies to handle health issues on Capitol Hill.

D.C.-based Voices for Non-Opioid Choices is dedicated to combatting America’s opioid crisis by increasing awareness and access to FDA-approved non-opioid options and therapies to help manage patients’ post-surgery pain.

Voice for Non Opioid Choices

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids in the U.S. has quintupled in less than two decades, from 3,400 deaths in 1999 to more than 17,000 in 2017, according to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Voices for Non-Opioid Choices has hired to Venn Strategies to communicate issues relating to increasing patient and provider access to non-opioid approaches for acute pain management, according to lobbying registration documents filed with Congress in April.

A five-person team manages the account, including Tyler Roberts, former legislative assistant to Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and staffer to Reps Roy Blunt (R-MO), Joe Barton (R-TX) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE); Claire Badger, a former State Department staffer who was later associate director to the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee; and Kelly Ferguson, former staffer to Reps. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ).

Venn Strategies is the D.C. public affairs shop founded and led by Stephanie Silverman, who was a senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and an associate in Citibank’s global finance unit.