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Senate Confirms Drug Czar Rahul Gupta, First Physician in Job

Oct. 28, 2021, 10:36 PM

The U.S. Senate Thursday confirmed Rahul Gupta as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on a voice vote.

  • He’ll be first physician to hold role of drug czar, with authority over dozens of agencies that deal with drug addiction and enforcement
  • Biggest task will be tackling the opioid epidemic
  • Related: Biden to Tap Former West Virginia Health Official as Drug Czar

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