UPDATE | Ryan not heading to the White House on listening session with opioid commission

YYOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will no longer participate on a congressional “listening session” Tuesday with a new national opioid addiction commission at the White House to attend the funeral of John Gillen, one of his mentors.

Ryan of Howland, D-13th, has called on President Donald Trump, a Republican, to direct Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, to declare the opioid addiction crisis a public health service act to free up additional federal funds for communities struggling to cope with the ongoing epidemic.

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