February 13, 2018

Trump announces new 'drug czar' nominee

Daily Briefing

    The White House on Friday announced that President Trump will nominate Jim Carroll, who currently serves as the White House's deputy chief of staff, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

    The Senate must confirm Carroll's nomination for ONDCP deputy and acting director.

    Carroll's background

    Prior to serving as deputy chief of staff, Carroll oversaw security clearance procedures in the White House counsel's office, The Hill reports. According to the Associated Press, Carroll also has previously worked at the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury, and Ford Motor Company. The White House noted that Carroll also has worked as a commonwealth attorney in Virginia, where most of his cases related to drugs, and that Carroll worked with attorneys who had substance use disorders at the Virginia State Bar.

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    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said officials "have full confidence in [Carroll] to lead ONDCP to make significant strides in combatting the opioids crisis, reducing drug use, and coordinating U.S. drug policy," adding, "Fighting the opioid crisis and drug addiction is a priority for [the Trump] administration" (Greenwood, The Hill, 2/9; Vavra, Axios, 2/9; MacDonald, FierceHealthcare, 2/12; Associated Press, 2/10; Politico, 2/9; Beech, Reuters, 2/9).

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