President Donald Trump has selected one of his earliest campaign supporters to become the next drug czar of the United States.
Earlier last week, the White House announced that Trump fully intends to nominate Pennsylvania Republican Tom Marino to oversee the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) – making him responsible for putting a leash on the scourge of illegal drugs all across the nation.
Marino, now 65-years old, had previously removed himself from consideration due to “a critical illness” in the family, reports Politico.
In May, he thanked for president for giving him the opportunity to take the reigns on the country’s drug-related concerns, especially “the effort to address one of the most pressing issues facing our nation and my state today: the opioid epidemic.” But he decided, instead, to “remain in Congress and continue to support President Trump in whatever way I can.”
As a Congressman, Marino, a former prosecutor, made it one of his missions to expand treatment options for people caught up in the vicious cycle of opioid addiction. He also drafted a measure during the Obama administration (which was signed into the law by the…