Policy and Research

The Obama Administration's approach to the drug problem is borne out of the recognition that drug use is a major public health threat, and that substance use disorders are preventable and treatable diseases. Whether struggling with an substance use disorder, worrying about a loved one's substance use, or being a victim of drug-related crime, millions of people in this country live with the devastating consequences of illicit drug use.   

The Obama Administration is committed to using science and research to inform policy decisions.  The National Institutes of Health - through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – is a key component of Administration efforts to guide and develop drug policies.  NIDA funds more than 85 percent of the world’s research on drug use, which includes studies conducted not only across the United States at major universities, but also international research programs designed to integrate the latest research from around the world to develop new methods of monitoring drug problems, evaluating treatments, and developing medications.

National Drug Control Strategy

The President’s 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, released in July 2014, is a marked departure from previous approaches to drug policy.  The Strategy focuses on both the public health and public safety aspects of drug use and substance use disorders.  It focuses on addiction as a disease and on the importance of preventing drug use, as well as providing treatment to those who need it, including those who are involved in the criminal justice system. It also emphasizes support for millions of individuals who are in recovery from substance use disorders involving drugs.

Building on the inaugural 2010 Strategy and the three Strategies that followed, the 2014 Strategy serves as the Administration's blueprint to reduce drug use and its consequences in the United States. Read more about the strategy.

Supplemental Strategies

To complement the National Drug Control Strategy, several supplemental strategies and action plans outline the details of how ONDCP is working to foster safe individuals and healthy communities, including an action plan to address the prescription drug epidemic, strategies for the Southwest border and Northern border, and activities related to transnational organized crime.  Read more about the supplemental strategies.

State and Local Information

View this map for information on what’s happening in your state, including finding out about prescription drug and drugged driving activities, and finding regional and community grantees. View the map.

ONDCP Research and Data

ONDCP’s policies and programs are driven by research and data. Learn more about the Agency's research and data.