Kerry, Kerry to head US task force on opioid crisis
Kerry and Kerry are scheduled to travel to New York for a meeting of the National Task Force on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which is to be led by National Public Health Director Ken Greene.
The task force will be chaired by Greene, and will include representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies.
The mission of the task force is to identify new ways to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids and the opioid analgesic OxyContin, Greene said on Tuesday.
The group will also focus on ways to improve access to treatment for people who are addicted to prescription opioids.
Greene said the task group will meet on the sidelines of the annual White House Conference on the American Presidency, to be held on Wednesday in Washington.
The meeting comes as the White House is grappling with the escalating opioid crisis in the United States.
More than 4.3 million people died of overdoses in 2016, and nearly half of them were people over 65.