Marino apparently will be anti-drug czar after all

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan House Republican who represents much of our region, will apparently be leading the nation’s anti-drug effort after all.

The Trump administration announced recently it has tapped Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

This is actually a retapping of Marino.

He previously withdrew his name, citing a family illness.

Should Marino ultimately lead the office, he appears to come well-qualified, having served as a former Lycoming County District Attorney and as a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania’s Middle District.

Beyond those qualifications, he is doubtlessly aware of the scourge of opioid addiction that has reached the crisis level locally as well as much of the nation.

That does not necessarily mean he will perform successfully in his leadership of the anti-drug office.

But awareness and prosecutorial experience are big parts of the resume for the office and Marino has both of those.

We hope the qualities Marino brings to the office will be the conduit to practical treatment programs for those afflicted by drug addiction and sound prosecution and penal procedures for those who promote the problem.

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