2013 National Drug Control Strategy

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2013 National Drug Control Strategy

In a Press Release on April 24, 2013, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced the release of the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy. The White House has also established a website entitled, “A Drug Policy for the 21st Century”.

From the President’s introductory statement to the Congress of the United States in the 2013 Policy: “The rate of current cocaine use in the United States has dropped by 50 percent since 2006, and methamphetamine use has declined by one-third. New data released this year suggest that we are turning a corner in our efforts to address the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, with the number of people abusing prescription drugs decreasing by nearly 13 percent—from 7 million in 2010 to 6.1 million in 2011. And the number of Americans reporting that they drove after using illicit drugs also dropped by 12 percent between 2010 and 2011. […] The ‘Strategy’ that follows presents a sophisticated approach to a complicated problem, encompassing prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery support, criminal justice reform, effective law enforcement, and international cooperation.”

The following are the ‘National Drug Control Strategy Goals to Be Attained by 2015’

Goal 1: Curtail illicit drug consumption in America

1a. Decrease the 30-day prevalence of drug use among 12- to 17-year-olds by 15 percent

1b. Decrease the lifetime prevalence of 8th graders who have used drugs, alcohol, or tobacco by
15 percent

1c. Decrease the 30-day prevalence of drug use among young adults aged 18–25 by 10 percent

1d. Reduce the number of chronic drug users by 15 percent

Goal 2: Improve the public health and public safety of the American people by reducing the
consequences of drug abuse

2a. Reduce drug-induced deaths by 15 percent

2b. Reduce drug-related morbidity by 15 percent

2c. Reduce the prevalence of drugged driving by 10 percent

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