June 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Meets with Nominee to be White House “Drug Czar”


WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan released the following statement after meeting with James Carroll, the President’s nominee to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), otherwise known as the White House “drug czar:”

"The Office of National Drug Control Policy helps coordinate policy across the federal government and administers grant funding that is critical to our efforts to combat the opioid crisis in New Hampshire and across the country," Senator Hassan said. “I was encouraged by Mr. Carroll’s understanding of the critical role that the office must play in bridging both the public health and law enforcement responses to the crisis, and his commitment to treating this issue as the public health epidemic that it is. I also appreciated our conversation about prioritizing federal resources for places such as New Hampshire that have been most impacted by this crisis, just as we do with other public health responses. It is critical that we have a Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in place without delay, and I look forward to continuing to review Mr. Carroll’s record as the confirmation process moves forward.”  

Senator Hassan has strongly opposed the Trump Administration’s proposal to effectively eliminate the ONDCP and introduced legislation to reauthorize the ONDCP.