U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Tuesday applauded a White House plan to create a federal commission designed to evaluate and improve federal policy to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. The commission would assess current federal practices and make recommendations to cabinet members on implementing policies that better prevent and address opioid addiction.
“We need all hands on deck to address the opioid crisis, so I’m glad to see the White House taking action, and I’m ready to work with the commission to deliver real results for Ohio communities,” Brown said. “The commission’s first action should be to get out of Washington and see how the opioid epidemic is devastating communities across America, so I’m urging them to come to Ohio and learn from those on the front lines dealing with this crisis every day.”
In Scioto County the person most associated with the front lines in the war on opioid addiction is Lisa Roberts, RN, of the Portsmouth City Health Department.
“I couldn’t agree more with Senator Brown. I appreciate all of his efforts and hope that this Opioid Commission comes to southern Ohio,” Roberts told the Daily Times. “We in Scioto County have been on the front lines of this epidemic for over a decade and have much experience to share that could benefit this new Commission. It’s also good that there is now an official federal group dedicated to addressing this problem comprehensively.”
According to reports, members of the commission would include Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Brown invited commission members to visit Ohio to learn more about how the opioid crisis has impacted the state and how the federal government can better support state and local efforts. Brown also encouraged the Trump Administration to include input from other federal agencies, such as Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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