Esty pledges support for Trump’s drug crisis commission

March 30, 2017 GMT

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty pledged her support of President Trump’s commission to combat the opioid addiction epidemic.

Trump vowed to combat the nation’s addiction crisis at a discussion on Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, members of his cabinet, law enforcement heads, and recovering addicts, the Associated Press reported.

It was the first public event tied to the launch of a Trump’s new addiction commission.

Esty, who represents greater Danbury and the 5th Congressional District, serves on the House of Representatives’ Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic.

“Everywhere I go in Connecticut, I meet people whose families have been destroyed by addiction,” Esty said in a prepared statement. “I will gladly partner with this commission as well as with my colleagues in Congress to prevent more lives from being taken by the opioid epidemic, and to help those suffering from addiction to recover and move forward.”