Kellyanne Conway Has Zero Experience In Drug Policy But Is Running the White House Opioid Response


Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the appointment “a very significant commitment” from the Trump administration.

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayTom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP

Kellyanne Conway is spearheading the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a press conference Wednesday.

Conway will “coordinate and lead the effort from the White House,” according to Sessions. “I think her appointment represents a very significant commitment from the president and his White House team.”

Conway has “zero background” on drug policy, says Keith Humphreys, a Stanford psychiatry professor and former Obama drug policy advisor, adding that it’s unclear what this position entails. The White House has reportedly clarified that Sessions was simply acknowledging a role Conway was already playing in the administration’s response to the epidemic, according to Politico reporters.

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