A unique view of 2012
As part of national efforts to raise public awareness about recovery and maintain dialogue with diverse recovery community stakeholders, ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske visited the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) in New York City.
A guest post from actor and drug court advocate Matthew Perry, who visited the White House today to discuss the President's plan for drug policy reform.
Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our Nation’s drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue. This policy underscores what we all know to be true: we cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem.
This afternoon, Director Kerlikowske delivered remarks at the National Press Club about drug policy reform and the Administration’s 21st century approach to drug policy.
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took an important step in addressing America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.
In June 2012, National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske visited the Betty Ford Center, one of the Nation’s oldest and most recognized addiction treatment facilities. There he gave remarks to a crowd of leaders in the field of recovery. In the audience were two special guests—Michael Banyard and Federal District Court Judge Spencer Letts. In his remarks, Director Kerlikowske mentioned Banyard’s improbable—and inspirational—journey from crack cocaine dependence and homelessness, to prison, to a successful sentence appeal, to the chambers of a federal district court judge and completion of his GED.
To reduce the significant burden of our Nation’s drug problem on our people and our economy, the President’s Budget supports a 21st century approach to drug policy that acknowledges drug use is a public health issue, not just a criminal justice one.
Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of young people. While many challenges remain, overall drug use in the United States has dropped substantially over the past thirty years.
To build on this progress and support a public health approach to drug control outlined in the Strategy , the Obama Administration has committed over $10 billion drug education programs and support for expanding access to drug treatment for addicts. Learn about the Obama Administration’s balanced public health and safety approach to reducing drug use and its consequences in America. Read more
Prescription drug abuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem and has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about this public health threat and comprehensive, government-wide actions being taken by the Administration to reduce prescription drug abuse. Read more
Americans are all-too familiar with the terrible consequences of drunk and distracted driving. An emerging body of research shows that drugged driving is also a serious threat to public safety. Learn more about this issue and what the Administration is doing to encourage safe driving. Read more
Preventing drug use before it begins is a cost-effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities. The Administration is working with Federal, state, local, and tribal partners, as well as community grantees, to educate teens on healthy choices and to prevent drug use before it starts. Read more
While drug addiction respects no geographic, ethnic, economic, or social boundaries, there are some specific populations that deserve focused efforts, including