"Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nation’s First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women’s health and women’s rights. After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life." President Obama (July 8, 2011)
Director Kerlikowske and the staff of ONDCP stand with the President in recognizing the amazing life and accomplishments of Betty Ford. A champion of treatment and recovery services, she worked tirelessly to reduce the stigma of addiction and provide the path to a healthier, happier life for countless Americans and their families. It is with great sadness and appreciation that we remember the former First Lady and the positive impact she had on the field of substance abuse. Her grace and compassion will be remembered.