Feb 9, 2018 - Health

Trump has appointed a new drug czar


The White House announced Friday that president Trump will appoint Jim Carroll as the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, according to a report from the White House press pool. "We have full confidence in Jim to lead ONDCP to make significant strides in combatting the opioids crisis, reducing drug use, and coordinating U.S. drug policy. Fighting the opioid crisis and drug addiction is a priority for this administration," said White House officials.

Why it matters: Trump's previous nominee for the role, Rep. Tom Marino, withdrew in October. Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and has not asked Congress for any additional funds to combat the crisis, per NPR.

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