This week, the National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske released the 2011 National Drug Control Strategy. The Strategy reflects the Obama Administration’s comprehensive and balanced efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences.
The Strategy highlights the importance of Drug-Free Workplace Programs in reducing the demand for drugs throughout our Nation and in helping drug users get into treatment.
The Strategy is also committed to last year’s strategy of curtailing drug consumption in America and improving public health and public safety by reducing the consequences of drug use, The Strategy also focuses its efforts on three signature initiatives: (1) reducing prescription drug abuse; (2) reducing drugged driving; and (3) expanding community-based substance abuse prevention; as well as populations with unique challenges and needs in addressing substance abuse issues: active duty military and veterans; women and their families; college and university students; and those in the criminal justice system.
Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem, and the Strategy maintains the Administration’s focus on this issue. The Obama Administration’s prescription drug abuse prevention plan, Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Crisis, outlines a comprehensive strategy to educate parents, prescribers, and patients about the dangers of prescription drug abuse; enhance prescription drug monitoring programs; allow for easier, environmentally sound disposal of controlled substances; and reduce the number of pill mills.
To read more about the Strategy visit the Office of National Drug Control Policy website at http://www.
A PDF copy of the Strategy is available at http://www.