White House Announces Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

March 31, 2017

This week the White House announced that the President signed an executive order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addition and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission will be chaired by Governor Chris Christie and will be made-up of four government agency leaders including Attorney General Session, Health and Human Services Secretary Price, Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin, and Defense Sectary Mattis, as well as five other members who are not federal employees.

The Commission is tasked with reviewing the funding and availability of treatments for drug addictions and determining the best practice for prevention and recovery. They will also evaluate federal programs and the overall U.S. health system to identify regulatory barriers or ineffective initiatives and recommend changes to the federal criminal law.

The Commission is expected to review that finding and issue preliminary recommendations within 90 days before releasing a full report later this year.