President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis

Scheduled for 12:30.

The Commission is established in the interest of obtaining advice and recommendations for the President regarding the opioid crisis. The Commission functions solely as an advisory body and makes recommendations regarding policies and practices for combating drug addiction with particular focus on the current opioid crisis in the United States. The Commission’s objectives are to:

a. identify and describe the existing Federal funding used to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis;

b. assess the availability and accessibility of drug addiction treatment services and overdose reversal throughout the country and identify areas that are underserved;

c. identify and report on best practices for addiction prevention, including healthcare provider education and evaluation of prescription practices, collaboration between State and Federal officials, and the use and effectiveness of State prescription drug monitoring programs;

d. review the literature evaluating the effectiveness of educational messages for youth and
adults with respect to prescription and illicit opioids;

e. identify and evaluate existing Federal programs to prevent and treat drug addiction for their scope and effectiveness, and make recommendations for improving these programs;

f. make recommendations to the President for improving the Federal response to drug addiction and
the opioid crisis.

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