President Biden nominated former West Virginia health official, Rahul Gupta, as the nation’s new head of U.S. drug policy, as overdoses and drug trafficking surge.
If approved by the Senate, Gupta would serve as the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and would be responsible for tackling the staggering 30 percent increase in overdose deaths that the U.S. saw in 2020. The figure is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“President Biden’s nomination of Dr. Rahul Gupta to be the first physician ever to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is another historic step in the Administration’s efforts to turn the tide of our nation’s addiction and overdose epidemic,” a White House spokesperson said Tuesday.
West Virginia has led the nation in opioid-related deaths for the last 20 years, Sen. Joe Manchin said Tuesday.
Manchin applauded Biden’s decision and said his nomination “means someone with firsthand knowledge of the opioid crisis…will be coordinating the national fight against the drug epidemic that continues to ravage our nat
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