The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy on April 24. Highlights of the Strategy include:
Make Access to Treatment a Reality for Millions of Americans
- Details actions to implement the Affordable Care Act, which – for the first time in history – ends discrimination against people with substance use disorders by requiring insurance companies to cover treatment for substance use disorders as they would for any other chronic disease;
- Work to expand treatment and reentry services for those incarcerated; and
- Target expansion of care for populations with an unmet need for substance abuse treatment, including veterans, college and university students, and Native Americans.
Give a Voice to Americans in Recovery
- Work to lift the stigma associated with addiction by partnering with the recovery community to speak out about their successes and encourage others to seek treatment; and
- Review and reform laws and regulations that unfairly target those with substance use disorders and impede recovery from addiction, including those laws and regulations that restrict access to housing, employment, and attaining a driver’s license or student loan.
The news release highlighting the new strategy is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/news-releases/2013-national-drug-policy-strategy-release
A fact sheet on the new strategy is available at: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2876748/ireta/National%20Drug%20Control%20Strategy%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
The full 2013 National Drug Control Strategy is at: http://www.whitehouse.gov//sites/default/files/ondcp/policy-and-research/ndcs_2013.pdf
Source: WhiteHouse.gov – April 24, 2013