In 2015, there were over 50,000 deaths in America, due to an overdose in drugs. On March 29th, 2017, an Executive Order was signed establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
The members of this commission will be composed of members appointed by the president. The members selected will be fairly balanced in terms of points of view represented and the functions to be performed. The president will designate the chair of commission from among the commission members.
The commission will study and observe the effectiveness of the Federal response to drug addiction and opioid crisis, and make recommendations for improving that response. The commission shall:
- Identify and describe existing Federal funding used to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis;
- Assess the availability and accessibility of drug addiction treatment services and overdose reversal throughout the country and identify areas that are underserved;
- Identify and report on best practices for addiction prevention, including healthcare provider education and evaluation of prescription practices, and the use and effectiveness of state prescription drug monitoring programs;
- Review the literature evaluating the effectiveness of educational messages for youth and adults with respect to prescription and illicit opioids;
- Identify and evaluate existing federal programs to prevent and treat drug addiction for their scope and effectiveness, and make recommendations for improving these programs;
- Make recommendations to the President for improving the feral response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will provide administrative support for the commission.
The Commission will submit a report to the President no later than October 1st, 2017. This report will contain final findings and recommendations for combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis.
After the final report is submitted, the Commission shall terminate 30 days after, unless extended by the President prior to that date.
Visit this page to read the full Presidential Executive Order.