“With an historic rise in fatal drug overdoses nationwide and a new president in the White House, the future is uncertain for programs trying to combat a growing public health crisis: opioid addiction.
On the chopping block? The New York Times recently reported the White House might eliminate the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In response, advocacy groups, along with the Fraternal Order of Police, letters asking the Trump administration to keep the office intact.
White House says: “The President and his cabinet are working collaboratively to create a leaner, more efficient government that does more with less of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.”
Former U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli says eliminating the office “would not save money because without a single office who’s coordinating drug policy across the federal government, it will only create a very haphazard, inefficient approach.”
Source: PBS.org – March 2, 2017