President Trump Issues Executive Order Establishing Opioid Crisis Commission

On Wednesday, March 29, President Donald J. Trump released an Executive Order that establishes a commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis.  

The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis will focus on studying the scope and effectiveness of the federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and to make recommendations to the President for improving that response.  

The Commission’s mission consists of the following: 

  • Identify and describe existing Federal funding used to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis,
  • Assess the availability and accessibility of drug addiction treatment services and overdose reversal throughout the country and identify areas that are underserved,
  • Identify and report on best practices for addiction prevention, including healthcare provider education and evaluation of prescription practices, and the use and effectiveness of State prescription drug monitoring programs,
  • Review the literature evaluating the effectiveness of educational messages for youth and adults with respect to prescription and illicit opioids;
  • Identify and evaluate existing Federal programs to prevent and treat drug addiction for their scope and effectiveness, and make recommendations for improving these programs.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will oversee the functions of the Commission.  An interim report from the Commission is due within 90 days; a final report and set of recommendations are due by October 1, 2017.  

The Executive Order cites opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose as a public health crisis that was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 alone and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain, suffering, and financial harm.