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Office of the National Drug Control Policy

Statement from White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske on Chiara de Blasio

Today, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy issued the following statement regarding Chiara de Blasio:

"Today, Chiara demonstrated tremendous bravery in speaking out about her recovery, and I applaud her and the entire de Blasio family for addressing this important public health issue. Chiara is giving a voice to the millions who suffer from substance use and mental health disorders, and we encourage others to join her. By talking about addiction in the light of day—and by celebrating recovery out loud—we can help correct the misinformation and stigma that too often become obstacles for the millions of Americans who deserve to live healthy, productive lives.

Science clearly demonstrates that substance use disorders are a disease of the brain that can be prevented, treated, and recovered from - not a moral failing on the part of the individual. That is why over the past four years, the Obama Administration has emphasized the vital role the recovery community plays in shaping national drug policy. By giving the millions of Americans in recovery a voice, we're making real progress to end discrimination, stigma, and other obstacles to recovery that hinder our ability to make America healthier and stronger. And by expanding access to treatment to millions through the Affordable Care Act, we'll be giving many more a chance to follow Chiara's footsteps."

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