Rahul Gupta, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Rahul Gupta

Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Rahul Gupta was born in 1970 or 1971 in India. He earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University College of Medical Sciences of Delhi University. He earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was an assistant professor of medicine at Meharry Medical College at UAB. 

He spent five years as the director of a county health department in West Virginia before becoming director of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health. He was the chief medical director of the March of Dimes. 

President Joe Biden named Gupta to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He was confirmed by the Senate and assumed office in November 2021. 

In the News…

Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the nation’s “drug czar,” said recently that without policy action, America could lose 165,000 lives a year due to the opioid crisis by the year 2025. 

He said 46 million Americans suffer from addiction and 109,000 died from an overdose last year. According to provisional data from the CDC, he said that would be an increase of around 55,000 more deaths per year over 2022. 

“There is almost no other area today, where it affects our public health, national security, and economic prosperity, than the opioid crisis,” he said. 

He claimed that the policies of President Biden could cut overdose deaths by half if they are implemented. Those call for funding treatment for incarcerated individuals and expanding telehealth treatment.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Dr. Gupta today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Rahul Gupta
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy 
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


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