Trump appoints Gov. Cooper to panel to combat opioid crisis

Posted May 10
Updated May 11

— President Donald Trump has appointed Gov. Roy Cooper to a panel that would combat drug addiction and the ongoing opioid crisis.

"We agree that opioid abuse, not only in North Carolina, but across the country, is a significant problem," Cooper said Wednesday.

Cooper said the government wants to transition from an "enforcement model" to a "treatment model."

"What we've got to do is get people to rid themselves of this habit that they have," he said.

It was not clear who else was on the panel, but Cooper said he looks forward to attacking the problem.


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  • Deborrah Newton May 11, 9:16 a.m.
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    Governor Cooper, The institutional experience of defense attorneys is a crucial component of any solution, as Chief Justice Martin and former DHHS Secretary Braver recognized when assembling the Mental Health and Substance Use Commission. Much work was accomplished, at least focusing on consensus areas. Great innovative ideas were suggested, including Watson (very exciting). Please learn from our project and bring in substantial experience to accomplish real progress, and not just endless toothless meetings, as the's groups tend to do. Addicts, and particularly families of same, need real help, not Government platitudes. IMHO. Congratulations, good luck and God speed. Deb Newton, Federal & State Criminal Defense Specialist Attorney, NC

  • Alfred Barnes May 11, 6:29 a.m.
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    A payoff for signing off on the MBS settlement, no doubt.