New White House Drug Policy Focuses on Science of Addiction

August 12th, 2014

There are more than 22 million Americans with a substance use disorder (SUD), yet only 1 in 10 of them receives treatment for their illness, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Obama administration says that rates for the prevalence of drug use and for the lack of adequate treatment for SUDs are “unacceptable.”

Last month, Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, announced the release of the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy—the Obama administration’s primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States.

Issues concerning substance use “touch every family and every community in one way or another,” said Botticelli. “There are millions of Americans—including myself—who are in successful long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. This policy supports each and every one of us and demonstrates a real commitment to a smarter, more humane approach to drug policy in the 21st century.”

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