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 “Outdated policies like the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders are relics of the past that ignore the need for a balanced public health and safety approach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.”

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/17/us/drug-policy/index.html

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