White House Addiction Panel Chaired by Christie Needs More Time to Draft Report

Members of the White House panel tasked with combatting the opioid crisis need more time to review the extensive public testimony and more than 8,000 comments submitted as part of their work to draft a report on federal programs to prevent and treat drug addiction.

Brian Murray, the press secretary for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the commission’s chair, said the group’s first meeting in mid-June was a “great success” and that resulted in a significant volume of responses from scores of individuals, nine leading nonprofits involved with addiction issues, and more than 50 organizations working in the field.

The teleconference initially scheduled for today – Monday, July 17 — to review the initial version of this interim report was pushed back until July 31 to allow members another two weeks to sift through these materials and produce their draft. The final version is due in September.

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