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Executive Order Establishes Commission on National Opioid Addiction Crisis

Last week, President Trump signed an Executive Order that would create a presidential commission to combat opioid addiction and the opioid crisis. To be led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the national commission is charged with:    

  • Identifying existing federal dollars intended to combat drug addiction, including opioids
  • Assessing availability of and access to addiction treatment centers and overdose reversal, and identifying underserved areas
  • Measuring the effectiveness of state prescription drug monitoring programs
  • Evaluating public messaging campaigns about prescription and illegal opioids, and identifying best practices for drug prevention

In 90 days, the commission will submit an interim report to President Trump with its findings. It will submit a final report by Oct. 1, unless more time is needed, and will dissolve a month later.