Obama Drug Strategy Aims to Change How Americans See Drug Abuse

President Obama’s annual drug control strategy, released July 7, targets the rise of heroin but also seeks to portray drug abuse as a disease, not a moral failure.

“When Michael Botticelli, President Obama’s acting “drug czar,” unveiled the administration’s annual drug control strategy on Wednesday morning, he emphasized that “we cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem.”

The 98-page strategy follows the template of Obama’s previous drug policy statements, but it also raises the alarm on the nation’s growing middle-class problem of opioid addictions, as heroin and painkillers become a suburban and middle-America scourge.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2014/0709/Obama-drug-strategy-aims-to-change-how-Americans-see-drug-abuse

The White House press release on the 2014 strategy can be accessed at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/news-releases/2014-national-drug-control-strategy

The strategy can be accessed at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ndcs_2014.pdf

See related article – ASAM Applauds ONDCP’s 2014 National Drug Control Strategy: Applauds Focus on Opioid Epidemic available at: http://www.asam.org/magazine/read/article/2014/07/15/asam-applauds-ondcp’s-2014-national-drug-control-strategy-applauds-focus-on-opioid-epidemic

Source: The Christian Science Monitor – July 9, 3024, American Society of Addiction Medicine – July 15, 2014

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