At the annual United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference, tribal youth engaged senior Administration officials on issues affecting their communities. Many conference participants voiced concern about illicit substance use among their peers. A substantial portion of the American Indian and Alaska Native population is under the age of 24 (42 percent compared to 34 percent of the general population), and a significant percentage of the population falls in the 15-19 age group. Young people are our Nation’s greatest resource, so it is essential that we do everything we can to encourage healthy, drug-free youth communities in Indian Country.
Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of young people. While many challenges remain, overall drug use in the United States has dropped substantially over the past thirty years.
To build on this progress and support a public health approach to drug control outlined in the Strategy , the Obama Administration has committed over $10 billion to drug prevention programs and support for expanding access to drug treatment for people with substance use disorders. 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 is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem and has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about this public health threat and comprehensive, government-wide actions being taken by the Administration to reduce prescription drug abuse. Read more
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
While drug addiction respects no geographic, ethnic, economic, or social boundaries, there are some specific populations that deserve focused efforts, including