"There is an opioid epidemic facing our country, and the impact on our children is very real. In the last 24 hours, it was reported that a man overdosed on opioids and crashed his car into a pole with a toddler in the vehicle. This is but one example of the tens of thousands of opioid overdoses harming communities nationwide. This crisis is real and is tearing families apart.
"I applaud the President for convening today's listening session, and for establishing the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis as a productive first step to better serve those suffering from addiction and the victims impacted by this crisis."
Today's event was held in the White House Cabinet room. The President spoke, followed by remarks from Gov. Christie, drug awareness advocates and recovering addicts. Attorney General Sessions and Administrator Rosenberg also gave brief remarks.
The following is a full list of attendees:
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly
Dr. Don Wright, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
Charles "Chuck" Rosenberg, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency
Richard Baum, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Mariano Rivera, founder of the Mariano Rivera Foundation
Pam Bondi, Attorney General, Florida
Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and former Deputy Director for Demand Reduction (prevention, treatment) in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Pam Garozzo, Drug Awareness Advocate
AJ Solomon, Founder of Victory Bay Recovery Center