As a parent who lost a child to a prescription drug overdose and an advocate, I reached out to Governor Chris Christie and the President’s Commission addressing the Opioid Crisis, to volunteer and offer my assistance. This is the response:
Slater, Sanquetta R. EOP/ONDCP Sanquetta_R_Slater@ondcp.eop.gov
Oct. 13, 2017
Thank you for offering your assistance regarding the addiction crisis in our Country. Although we cannot accommodate any additional meetings at this time, I welcome your input and invite you to submit any comments or recommendations to Commission@ondcp.eop.gov .
The epidemic of addiction is ravaging our Nation and destroying families in every state. According to the Surgeon General, an American dies every 19 minutes from an overdose of heroin or prescription opioids, and nearly 50,000 people died in 2014 of a drug overdose.
While this crisis is very real, it is also important to recognize that addiction is a disease and it can be treated. Arresting, jailing and stigmatizing these victims will not make it better. I am honored by the chance to address some of these same problems at the national level, and look forward to bringing help and support to the individuals and families who are struggling with this devastating crisis. If you would like to follow the work of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, information on its meetings and reports can be found on the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Thank you, again, for contacting me and sharing your views and suggestions. I look forward to having your support as we work to address this issue.