Fw: Travel pool 4 - more event background

From: Benjamin Wolfgang [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 02:46 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel pool 4 - more event background

-POTUS took the stage at 2:44pm. Again, his remarks are open press and streaming live.

Here's some additional background from the White House, including the man who introduced the president.

· Jordan Coughlen
Jordan has been in recovery for 22 months from an opioid use disorder, and is starting the first Young People in Recovery chapter in West Virginia. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work at West Virginia University, while working full-time as a Peer Recovery Specialist for Youth Services System, Inc., a local organization that supports at-risk youth.

Following the President’s remarks, he joined a panel moderated by Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli.

The today's panel includes:

· Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services

· Dr. Michael Brumage, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Michael Brumage is the executive director and health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. He is also health officer for Putnam County.

· Carey Dixon
Carey Dixon has a loved one who struggles with a substance use disorder; he is currently incarcerated and is receiving treatment. Carey is actively involved in “The Loved Ones’ Group,” a support group for parents who are concerned about a loved one struggling with addiction.

· Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster
Chief Brent Webster has served in the City of Charleston Police Department for 20 years, and was appointed to the position of police chief in January 2005. The Charleston Police Department is establishing both a naloxone program for overdose reversal as well as a syringe service (needle exchange) program, both of which will be fully operational in the next month.


The audience at today’s community discussion is comprised primarily of stakeholders who are interested in or directly affected by the epidemic.


Ben Wolfgang
White House Reporter

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