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Health Highlights: April 12, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Congressman Tom Marino to be New U.S. Drug Czar

The new U.S. drug czar will be Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino, according to CBS News.

Marino is finalizing paperwork and an official announcement on his appointment as head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is expected soon, a source familiar with White House personnel matters told CBS News.

Marino is in his third term representing Pennsylvania's rural 10th congressional district, and would give up his seat. In 2016, the former prosecutor was appointed to the House's bipartisan committee tackling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Two drug control bills introduced by Marino were enacted. One was meant to curb drug trafficking across borders and another aimed to increase collaboration between prescription drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Agency to combat drug abuse, CBS News reported.

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Posted: April 2017

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