Learn more about

the Obama Administration’s recent action to address the opioid crisis

National Drug Control Strategy

Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of young people. Learn about the Obama Administration’s balanced public health and safety approach to reducing drug use and its consequences in America.  Read more


Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining law enforcement and treatment programs. The Administration has supported and expanded community-based efforts to prevent drug use, pursue ‘smart on crime’ approaches to drug enforcement, improve prescribing practices for pain medication, increase access to treatment, work to reduce overdose deaths, and support the millions of Americans in recovery. Read more

Drugged Driving

Americans are all-too familiar with the terrible consequences of drunk and distracted driving. An emerging body of research shows that drugged driving is also a serious threat to public safety. Learn more about this issue and what the Administration is doing to encourage safe driving. Read more


Preventing drug use before it begins is a cost-effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities. The Administration is working with Federal, state, local, and tribal partners, as well as community grantees, to educate teens on healthy choices and to prevent drug use before it starts. Read more

Special Populations

While drug addiction respects no geographic, ethnic, economic, or social boundaries, there are some specific populations that deserve focused efforts, including

October is National Substance Abuse Month