'West Wing' actress addresses opioid epidemic at White House press briefing

Actress Allison Janney surprised the White House press corps during Friday's daily briefing by reprising her old role as C.J. Cregg, White House press secretary in the NBC drama "West Wing," according to a CNN report.

Ms. Janney took the podium saying, "Josh is out today, I believe he has a root canal, but let's be honest, I'm better at this anyway," referencing either the real White House press secretary Josh Earnest or a fictional "West Wing" character.

After several other jokes and allusions to the old show, the star addressed the true reason for her appearance in the White House press room — America's opioid epidemic.

"In all seriousness, my name is Allison Janney and I'm here today to draw attention to the opioid epidemic and to celebrate those who are working to help others combat substance use disorder."

Ms. Janney currently plays a recovering alcoholic and drug addict on the CBS TV show "Mom." Her performance in the role has won Ms. Janney two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

"This is a disease that can touch anybody," she continued. "All of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidence-based treatment, prevention and recovery. Research shows it works and courageous Americans show it works every day."



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