When 175 people a day are dying from opioid overdoses and more than 60,000 a year die from drug overdoses, there is a national crisis that demands leadership and funding. The acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Richard Baum, is a career civil service drug-policy expert who received cheers for his advocacy when he spoke at the National Press Club. The administration needs to serve him and the nation better by not jamming political hacks down his throat. He needs actual help to lead the anti-drug effort as the drug-abuse numbers surge.
Robert S. Weiner, Accokeek
The writer was director of public affairs and spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy from 1995 to 2001.