Our Record of Reform

  • Fair Sentencing Act. In August of 2010, the President signed the Fair Sentencing Act into law.  This significant piece of drug policy reform dramatically reduced a 100-to-1 mandatory minimum sentencing disparity between powder and crack cocaine and eliminated the mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine.  It also increases penalties for major drug traffickers.
  • Emphasis on prevention. In June of 2011, the Administration released the first-ever National Prevention Strategy, which recognizes drug prevention as a part of overall wellness.
  • Funding teen prevention programs. The Administration has provided more than $370 million in funding to over 700 local community coalitions to prevent drug use among teens through the Drug Free Communities program.
  • Prescription drug abuse prevention. In response to a prescription drug abuse problem designated as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ONDCP led the development of the Administration’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, focusing on education, monitoring, proper disposal, and enforcement.