Director of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, released the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy this week. This strategy will serve as the Obama Administration’s “primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States.”
The three facts that will guide the Strategy are:
1. Addiction is a disease that can be treated.
2. People with substance use disorders can recover.
3. New criminal justice reforms can stop the “revolving door” of drug use, crime, incarceration, and re-arrest.
The Strategy will also incorporate Drug Free Communities and CADCA’s VetCorps intiative. Kerlikowske believes that the updated Strategy will “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of the drug problem,” keeping in mind that incarceration of nonviolence drug offenders simply fill up prisons and is an outdated practice.
The Strategy will provide over $370 million in funding to local coalitions to prevent teens from using drugs through Drug Free Communities programs.
CADCA’s VetCorps program that will be included in the Strategy allows for returning veterans along with their families to have access to services and support systems that help them in their communities. Support ranges from social, mental, and physical services to housing assistance and employment opportunities.
Within the past thirty years, drug use in the U.S. has decreased significantly, according to the Strategy. Americans using illicit drugs is 1/3 the amount of Americans who used drugs during the 1970s. In order to support the Strategy, the Obama Administration has requested more than $10 billion for drug education programs and treatment for those suffering from drug addiction.
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