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WASHINGTON — President Biden will nominate Rahul Gupta, a March of Dimes executive and former West Virginia health commissioner, to serve as the country’s top drug policy official, according to two sources familiar with the selection process.

The pick, which the Washington Post first reported and the White House confirmed on Tuesday, comes amid a worsening drug overdose crisis and continued debate over how the federal government should best respond.


If confirmed, Gupta will serve as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a clearinghouse agency that oversees most drug-related policy and gives input on the budgets of other drug policy agencies, like the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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