14 April, 2017| By: Kevin Trieu
Multiple news agencies are reporting that Pennsylvania Congressman, Tom Marino, has been tapped by President Trump to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Office of National Drug Control Policy or ONDCP is a cabinet level office that leads the charge in developing policies around substance use and drug control.
Before his stint in Congress, Marino was a lawyer and a former U.S. Attorney. According to his official biography, there seems to be no mention of experience in drug control or drug prevention. That being said, he did introduce a bill in Congress called the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 which “provides the Department of Justice with additional tools to target extraterritorial drug trafficking activity, and for other purposes.” The Bill seems to target the import/export of drugs and other dangerous substances.
If this report is true, this can represent a noticeable shift in the mission and goals of ONDCP. The most recent Director of ONDCP, Michael Botticelli, had a Public Health background, working for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1994-2012. He, himself, was also a former addict, and had a huge push for prevention and treatment policies during his time at ONDCP. Based on Marino’s one bill; however, we could see a push towards drug enforcement rather than prevention and treatment. Unfortunately, nothing has been confirmed yet, and ultimately only time will tell.
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Link to the story here.