White House Releases 2012 National Drug Control Strategy Stressing Treatment Not Incarceration


The U.S. government’s drug strategy should focus more on treating addiction and less on imposing harsh prison sentences, the White House said Tuesday. “Outdated policies like the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders are relics of the past that ignore the need for a balanced public health and safety approach to our drug problem,” Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement.

The office’s annual report to Congress suggests a “new national approach” that includes criminal justice system reforms aimed at stopping “the revolving door of drug use, crime, incarceration, and rearrest,” officials said in a statement.

“The policy alternatives contained in our new strategy support mainstream reforms based on the proven facts that drug addiction is a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated and that we cannot simply arrest our way out of the drug problem,” said Kerlikowske, who is known as thenation’s “drug czar.”


A full copy of the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy is available at: http://www.atforum.com/documents/2012_ndcs.pdf

Source: CNN.com– April 17, 2012


  1. Karen McKenna says

    What a wonderful, novel idea – stress treatment for people who are abusing prescription and street drugs and alcohol instead of jail time! However the government, at the State and Federal levels, has continued to cut the budget for drug/alcohol treatment every year for at least the past 9 years which greatly hinders access for those people who are abusing/dependent on drugs. Where is the money going to come from for this new initiative?

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