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This 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. (Toby Talbot/AP)
This 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. (Toby Talbot/AP)
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"Combat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and overdose." That's the task that President Donald Trump has given to the Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are among the commission's appointees. So is Bertha Madras. She's a professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School. She says that her first priority as a member of the commission is simple: Saving people's lives.

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Bertha Madras, psychobiologist at Harvard Medical School. Former deputy director for Demand Reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. She tweets @madras_bertha.

This segment aired on May 24, 2017.

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