Director of ONDCP on National Prevention Strategy

The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy will be celebrating its first anniversary soon. The Strategy promotes good health for all Americans at every stage of life through quality medical care, safe environments, and healthy food choices. The Strategy was created by the National Prevention Council, which consists of 17 federal agencies including the Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, the directory of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, spoke with NewPublicHealth in a podcast interview. The interview focused on prevention and Kerlikowske mentioned how drug abuse cost $193 billion in the United States.

“Prevention in my estimation did not get anywhere near enough attention or enough focus and we know that prevention is by far the least expensive of all of the options in dealing with the drug problem, whether it’s a law enforcement or criminal justice part of the system, or even treatment. If you can invest in prevention and keep someone from becoming involved in drugs, you not only make a huge difference in saving money, you make a huge difference in people’s lives.”

– R. Gil Kerlikowske.

To read the interview and listen to the podcast, click here.

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