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.”
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