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Obama’s New Drug Strategy Focuses on Prevention and Treatment

Aiming to curb drug use by young adults as well as drugged driving, President Barack Obama released a new anti-drug strategy that focuses on prevention and addiction treatment.

The AFP reports that the administration plans to cut drug abuse and drug-related deaths by 15 percent over the next five years. They also hope to reduce youth drug abuse and the incidence of drugged driving by 10 percent.

Instead of spending more money to continue the “war on drugs,” the new strategy will focus on boosting community-based prevention efforts, expanding drug addiction treatment, and strengthening law enforcement.

President Obama said in a statement: “I am confident that when we take the steps outlined in this strategy, we will make our country stronger and our people healthier and safer.”

The new plan will also focus on raising awareness of prescription drug abuse, which is an increasing problem.

The White House plans to target addiction by expanding community treatment centers and developing new medications and evidence-based treatment.

Source: AFP, Obama Drug Strategy Targets Prevention, Treatment, May 11, 2010.

Posted on May 10th, 2010

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