Published by Healthline

Editor’s Note: PAINS Advisory Committee member, Daniel Raymond is quoted in this article

News that presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway will lead the White House’s fight against the opioid epidemic has drawn mixed reactions from experts in the field.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that Conway would “coordinate and lead the effort” in the fight against opioid abuse.

The announcement came a month after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, although not a “national emergency,” which would have allowed the use of funds for disaster relief.

Sessions touted Conway’s close ties to the president as an asset.

“She is exceedingly talented,” he said, “has total access to the president, and I think her appointment represents a very significant commitment from the president himself and his White House team.”