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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

President Trump Taps Rep. Tom Marino to Run ONDCP

September 7, 2017 | Addictions | Comments
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President Trump will nominate Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) of the Pennsylvania 10th district to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Rep. Marino – who previously withdrew from consideration for the office in May – has served in Congress since 2010 and was one of the earliest Republican lawmakers to endorse President Trump as a candidate in 2016. The appointment to this position is contingent upon Senate confirmation.

Congressman Tom Marino has spent time in the House of Representatives working on the issue of drug control policy and most recently to curbing the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. During his time in Congress, Rep. Marino has advocated for a vastly different path forward on curbing the epidemic than the one pursued by his predecessor Michael Botticelli. Rep. Marino has advocated for a national program of mandatory inpatient substance use treatment for all nonviolent drug offenders. During a congressional hearing on this topic last year, Rep. Marino said the following:

“One treatment option I have advocated for years would be placing non-dealer, nonviolent drug abusers in a secured hospital-type setting under the constant care of health professionals. Once the person agrees to plead guilty to possession, he or she will be placed in an intensive treatment program until experts determine that they should be released under intense supervision,” Marino explained. “If this is accomplished, then the charges are dropped against that person. The charges are only filed to have an incentive for that person to enter the hospital-slash-prison, if you want to call it.”

The National Council continues to monitor the appointment and nomination of candidate to lead this important White House office. We will continue to update our readers with the latest in Capitol Connector.