MANCHESTER, KY — U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday, August 17th hosted the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Dr. Rahul Gupta, the “Drug Czar,” in Clay County at the VOA Recovery Community Center in Manchester.
They joined Jennifer Hancock, President & CEO, Volunteers of America (VOA) Mid-States for a closed-press roundtable briefing with local officials and community stakeholders on efforts to combat the opioid and substance abuse epidemic.
Following the closed-press roundtable was press availability with: U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, ONDCP Director Dr. Rahul Gupta, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, Mayor of Corbin Suzie Razmus and Jennifer Hancock, President & CEO, Volunteers of America Mid-States.
L to R: VOA Mid-States President & CEO Jennifer Hancock, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, ONDCP Director Dr. Rahul Gupta, Mayor of Corbin Suzie Razmus and Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers - Photo credit VOA Mid-States
Senator McConnell has made it a priority to engage with ONDCP and has hosted previous Drug Czars to hear from Kentuckians about their experiences and innovative work combating the epidemic of substance abuse. Last year, at Senator McConnell’s invitation, Director Gupta joined the Senator for visits to Louisville and Bowling Green.
With a long history of working with local, state and federal partners, Senator McConnell has helped deliver over $650 million of federal funding to support Kentucky’s prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts.