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  • New White House Drug Policy Strategy Focuses on Scientific Evidence

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

    This year's strategy focuses on the science behind drug addiction. The new policy is based on the growing body of scientific evidence that addiction is a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated and is an illness from which people can recover—not a moral failure on the part of the individual, a once widely accepted misconception. "Public opinion on drug policy is finally catching up to what the science has demonstrated for quite some time," said Botticelli. "We cannot incarcerate addiction out of people. While law enforcement should always play a vital role in protecting communities from violent drug-related crime, at the end of the day, we must acknowledge that public-health and criminal-justice initiatives must work together to address this complex challenge in a smarter way."

    The updated strategy will continue efforts implemented in 2013 to address the alarming rates and adverse consequences associated with opioid use by highlighting the importance of opioid overdose prevention and treatment and the administration of the overdose drug naloxone by first responders, when necessary. Also, the administration is calling for improved data collection to improve the ability of federal, state, and local officials to...

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