President Trump will launch a commission on Wednesday aimed at combating the nation’s burgeoning opioid epidemic and ensuring federal resources are being used appropriately to address the problem, a White House official told the Washington Examiner.
The announcement comes the same day that Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and others are set to participate in a White House listening session on opioid and drug abuse.
Christie, whose final term expires next January, is expected to head the commission. Several members of Trump’s Cabinet, including Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, are likely to be involved in some capacity.