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CLAAD Announces Changes to Leadership Team

Posted on Jul 24, 2015
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Former Federal Prosecutor Joins Non-Profit Working To
Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

July 23, 2015 – Washington, DC – The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) today announced that Marc M. Harrold, Esq., a former prosecutor and narcotics officer, will become the organization’s Law Enforcement Liaison and Legal Consultant, effective immediately.

Mr. Harrold’s leadership will bolster the organization’s work with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials to reduce prescription drug abuse while protecting consumer access to care and upholding the privacy rights of patients and providers.

“Marc Harrold brings legal and law enforcement experience and contacts that will enhance CLAAD’s work to advance moderate, consensus-based responses to the nation’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic,” said Paul Scott O’Neill, a founding member of CLAAD’s board of directors.

Mr. Harrold is an attorney, legal and political analyst, and author, and is currently principal at The Harrold Firm, PLLC. Previously, Mr. Harrold was an assistant chief counsel (prosecutor) with Immigration and Customs enforcement, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in his career, Mr. Harrold served as a police officer and narcotics task force officer with the City of Atlanta Police Department.

“I am honored to work with CLAAD to support law enforcement in aggressively prosecuting criminal acts, collaborating with public health officials to correct careless prescribing, and implementing innovative programs to help individuals with substance use disorders get the help they need,” Mr. Harrold said.

Concurrently with Mr. Harrold’s appointment to the CLAAD leadership team, Kyle A. Simon, M.S., is stepping down as director of policy and advocacy. Mr. Simon will continue his work to improve access to health care with a not-for-profit organization in his home state of Florida.

“We are grateful to Mr. Simon for his meaningful contributions to CLAAD’s policy leadership. He leaves us with a stronger coalition of government, not-for-profit, and commercial organizations working together to improve public health and safety. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors,” Mr. O’Neill stated.

CLAAD is conducting a search for a new policy director. Michael C. Barnes, Esq., will continue to lead the organization as Executive Director.


About the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence
CLAAD is a 501(c)(3) organization working to address the nation’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. CLAAD’s mission includes advancing consumer access to high-quality care for pain, addiction, HIV, hepatitis C, and other health conditions. Our National Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Strategy, now in its fourth iteration, has been vetted and endorsed by more than 30 not-for-profit health and safety organizations. For more information, visit CLAAD.org and follow @CLAAD_Coalition on Twitter.

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