2013 National Drug Control Strategy

The Obama Administration’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, published in 2010, charted a new course in our efforts to reduce illicit drug use and its consequences in the United States—an approach that rejects the false choice between an enforcement-centric “war on drugs” and drug legalization. Science has shown that drug addiction is not a moral failing but rather a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated. Informed by this basic understanding, the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Strategies established and promoted a balance of evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.

The 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, released on April 24, builds on the foundation laid down by the Administration's previous three Strategies and serves as the Nation's blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences. Continuing our collaborative, balanced, and science-based approach, the new Strategy provides a review of the progress we have made over the past four years. It also looks ahead to our continuing efforts to reform, rebalance, and renew our national drug control policy to address the public health and safety challenges of the 21st century.

Since 2009, the Federal Government has spent more than $31 billion on drug control, including $10.7 billion in FY 2013 for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

Beyond its function as a guide for shaping Federal policy, the National Drug Control Strategy is a useful resource for anyone interested in learning what is being done—and what other work can be done— to stop drug production and trafficking, prevent drug use, and provide care for those who are addicted. For parents, teachers, community leaders, law enforcement officers, elected officials, ordinary citizens, and others concerned about the health and safety of our young people, the Strategy is a valuable tool that not only informs but also can serve as a catalyst to spark positive change.

2013 National Drug Control Strategy

2012 National Drug Control Strategy

2011 National Drug Control Strategy

The Obama Administration's Inaugural Strategy  (2010 National Drug Control Strategy)

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Press Release: Obama Administration Releases 2013 National Drug Policy Strategy

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Resources for Youth

For many teens today, drug use is an important issue. Risky behaviors, including substance abuse, can lead to unwanted social consequences or damaging implications for future success.  The Above the Influence youth campaign empowers America's youth to resist negative peer pressure and reject drugs. 

To provide the youth you care about with up-to-date, relevant drug facts, localized activities, and teen-friendly resources, please visit:

Supporting Agencies

The Strategy was developed with input from state and local governments, non-governmental partners, policy makers, community-based organizations, practitioners, and academics. The thoughtful contributions of these groups have helped shape the Strategy's new, balanced approach.

We are collaborating with a number of Federal partners to implement the Strategy, including:

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