2014 National Drug Control Strategy

The Obama Administration’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, published in 2010, charted a new course in our efforts to reduce illicit drug use and its consequences in the United States—an approach that rejects the false choice between an enforcement-centric “war on drugs” and drug legalization. Science has shown that a substance use disorder is not a moral failing but rather a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated. Informed by this basic understanding, the three Strategies that followed promoted a balance of evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.

The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, released on July 9, builds on the foundation laid down by the Administration's previous four Strategies and serves as the Nation's blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences. Continuing our collaborative, balanced, and science-based approach, the new Strategy provides a review of the progress we have made over the past four years. It also looks ahead to our continuing efforts to reform, rebalance, and renew our national drug control policy to address the public health and safety challenges of the 21st century.

In support of this Strategy, the President has requested $25.5 billion in Fiscal Year 2015.  Federal funding for public health programs that address substance use has increased every year, and the portion of the Nation’s drug budget spent on drug treatment and prevention efforts – 43 percent – has grown to its highest level in over 12 years. The $10.9 billion request for treatment and prevention is now nearly 20% higher than the $9.2 billion requested for Federally-funded domestic drug law enforcement and incarceration.

Beyond its function as a guide for shaping Federal policy, the National Drug Control Strategy is a useful resource for anyone interested in learning what is being done—and what other work can be done— to stop drug production and trafficking, prevent drug use, and provide care for those who are addicted. For parents, teachers, community leaders, law enforcement officers, elected officials, ordinary citizens, and others concerned about the health and safety of our young people, the Strategy is a valuable tool that not only informs but also can serve as a catalyst to spark positive change.

2014 National Drug Control Strategy

2013 National Drug Control Strategy

2012 National Drug Control Strategy

2011 National Drug Control Strategy

The Obama Administration's Inaugural Strategy  (2010 National Drug Control Strategy)

Press Room

Press Release: Obama Administration Releases National Drug Policy Strategy Emphasizing Public Health Approaches to Nation’s Drug Problem

Supporting Agencies

The Strategy was developed with input from state and local governments, non-governmental partners, policy makers, community-based organizations, practitioners, and academics. The thoughtful contributions of these groups have helped shape the Strategy's new, balanced approach.

We are collaborating with a number of Federal partners to implement the Strategy, including:

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