Drug Czar Says Addiction is a Health Problem, Not a Moral Failing

Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske says the Obama administration has changed its thinking about people addicted to drugs — and you should too.

In a speech Monday at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Kerlikowske said it was time to stop believing that the millions of Americans who abuse drugs are moral failures
 and instead realize that they have a disease.

The drug czar continued: “By talking about addiction in the light of day—and by celebrating recovery out loud—we can help correct the misinformation and stigma that become obstacles for people who want to live healthy, productive lives.”

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-drug-addiction-mental-illness-kerlikowske-20120611,0,7677562.story

Note: See related opinion article: Will Treating Addiction as a ‘Disease’ Combat a Growing Epidemic? http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-drug-addiction-disease-epidemic-20120612,0,3883594.story

Source: LATimes.com – June 11-12, 2012

 

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