A three-hour summit is taking place at the White House today, to discuss the steps taken to address the opioid crisis since the president declared the epidemic a public health emergency in October. NCPDP’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Industry Relations, Steve Mullenix, R.Ph., received an invitation and is attending the event.
According to a memo from the White House Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway will moderate a series of three panels focusing on prevention, treatment and recovery; efforts by the Trump Administration to curb the opioid crisis; and law enforcement and interdiction.
Top Administration officials including Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar; Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary, David Shulkin; Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Ben Carson; acting Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director, James W. Carroll; Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan; Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are scheduled to participate.
The White House Opioid Summit comes on the heels of an active week on opioid policy in Congress.