The so-called ‘Drug War’ in the USA has not been’lost’ !

Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy released the Administration’s 2011 National Drug Control Strategy in July .This Strategy coordinates an unprecedented government-wide public health and safety approach to reduce drug use and its consequences in the United States.  The Administration’s new Strategy continues to expand upon a balanced approach to drug control that emphasizes community-based drug prevention, integration of drug treatment into the mainstream health care system, innovations in the criminal justice system to break the cycle of drug use and crime, and international partnerships to disrupt transnational drug trafficking organizations.  The final paragraph of the report says:

“Overall drug use in theUnited Stateshas dropped substantially over the past thirty years. In response to comprehensive efforts to address drug use at the local, state, Federal, and international levels, the rate of Americans using illicit drugs today is roughly half the rate it was in the late 70s. More recently, there has been a 46 percent drop in current cocaine use among young adults (age 18 to 25 years) over the past five years, and a 68 percent drop in the rate of people testing positive for cocaine in the workplace since 2006.”

 

 

Source:  DFAF  July 2011

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