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Office of the National Drug Control Policy

White House Drug Policy Director Kerlikowske to Visit Girls, Inc of Lynn, MA

Boston, MA – Following the Obama Administration’s report on the status of women in America, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, will visit the Lynn of Girls Inc. on Tuesday, March 11, 2011.

Director Kerlikowske will hold a roundtable discussion with local high school students to listen to their observations regarding youth substance abuse and share tips on how to avoid negative influences and lead healthy lives.

The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health – the largest U.S. survey on drug use - shows the drug use in the United States has increased between 2008 and 2009 – with 1 in 10 youth ages 12 to 17 and 1 in 5 young adults ages 18 to 25 reporting drug use in the last month. The same survey also shows significant increases in drug use among young African American teen girls and Hispanic teen boys between 2008 and 2009.

A renewed focus on drug education is a major component of the Obama Administration's effort to implement a public health approach to reducing drug abuse and its consequences. President Obama’s Budget request includes increases for funding drug prevention programs and treatment programs. ONDCP has also revamped its National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to include a broader focus on substances most often abused by teens, including prescription drugs, marijuana and alcohol.

This is open press.

Who: Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy

What: Youth Roundtable, open press

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
             3:30 - 4:30pm EST

Where: Girls Incorporated of Lynn
               50 High Street
               Lynn, MA 01902

RSVP: Credentialed media must RSVP to gain access by sending an e-mail to mediainquiry@ondcp.eop.gov.

For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy and it programs visit: www.WhiteHouseDrugPolicy.gov