On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named two men to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking.
Pelosi tapped fellow Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and Admiral James Winnefeld to join the commission.
Trone, a freshman representative, founded the Freshman Working Group on Addiction, and has been an advocate of shining a light on the opioid epidemic to find families the help they need, Pelosi said.
Winnefeld, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a retired Navy officer who lost his son to opioid addiction in 2017. Since then, he and his family founded the Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic to help other families avoid the same heartache.
“The opioid epidemic is a staggering public health crisis that is tearing families apart in communities across the country, regardless of age, race, gender, or socio-economic condition,” Pelosi said. “It is my great privilege to name two outstanding public servants, Congressman David Trone and Admiral James Winnefeld, to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking.”
Pelosi said both men would be invaluable additions to the commission.
The commission was created as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020. Its focus is to develop a strategic approach to stopping synthetic opioids from coming into the United States.