Drug Policy for the 21st Century [Obama Administration White House Archives]   [open pdf - 78KB]

This is the archived version of the Obama Administrations webpages on Drug Policy Reform. "The President has outlined his vision of an America built to last--where an educated, skilled workforce has the knowledge, energy and expertise to compete in the global marketplace. Yet--for far too many Americans--that vision is limited by drug use, which not only limits the potential of the individual, but jeopardizes families, communities and neighborhoods. The economic costs of drug use are enormous: In 2007 alone, illicit drug use cost our Nation more than $193 billion in lost productivity, healthcare, and criminal justice costs. But the human costs are worse. Nationwide, drug-induced overdose deaths now surpass homicides and car crashes as the leading cause of injury death in America. The Obama Administration's plan to reduce drug use and its consequences--the 'National Drug Control Strategy'--represents a 21st century approach to drug policy. This science-based plan, guided by the latest research on substance use, contains more than 100 specific reforms to support our work to protect public health and safety in America."

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