WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will participate in a tour and Q&A with U.S. Drug Czar Jim Carroll on Thursday, August 29th at the Cedar Rapids Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) located at 3601 16th Ave. SW. The tour will begin at 2:45 p.m. CT with the Q&A to follow from 3 – 4 p.m. CT. The discussion will focus on methamphetamine and combatting the addiction crisis in Iowa.
Grassley, a current member and former Co-Chair of the Senate Drug Caucus, has worked over the years to address the widespread addiction crisis. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley also moved a number of bills forward which were included in the sweeping bipartisan opioid package. Most recently, he joined Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Office of National Drug Control Policy to address the increased volume of methamphetamine being smuggled from Mexico into the United States.
Carroll is the current Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, serving as chief drug policy adviser to President Donald Trump. In this capacity, he oversees and coordinates the entire government’s drug policy strategy, including the response to the opioid epidemic. One of the bills pushed through and co-sponsored by Grassley in the opioid package was a bill that reauthorized and strengthened ONDCP, so that the agency can work to address emerging and existing drug threats.
Press is welcome to attend, but must RSVP to Katelyn_Schultz@grassley.senate.gov by Thursday, August 29th at 11 a.m. CT.