Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has hired a former Obama administration official to help tackle the state's opioid crisis. Former Democratic Sen. Tom Coderre will return to the state as a senior adviser to the governor. Raimondo's chief of staff says Coderre will help coordinate various departments and agencies to respond to the opioid crisis.
Coderre worked in the state senate from 1995 to 2014 before Obama appointed him as a senior adviser in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
His salary is reported at $150,797 a year.