Watch White House Drug Policy Director Host Community Forum on Opioid Epidemic

White House Drug Policy Director to Announce New High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Designations

Director will also host community forum on opioid epidemic

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, January 14, White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, to announce new counties designated as part of the nationwide High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) program. The HIDTA program provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

Director Botticelli will also host a community forum on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse and heroin use. This is one of a series of forums across the country to continue the conversation that President Obama began in West Virginia in October, when he announced new public and private sector efforts to address the opioid overdose epidemic.

A livestream of the community forum will be held on Thursday, January 14th beginning at 2pm ET. To view, click here.

For information on the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program visit:www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/high-intensity-drug-trafficking-areas-program

For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy visit:http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp