Drug Policy Reform In Action: A 21st Century Approach
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 diminishes 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 taxpayers 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.
We are not powerless to address these challenges. And as recent data has shown, we are not unable to reverse these trends. Prescription drug abuse is beginning to decline. Cocaine use and related overdoses are dropping. And recent data show the nation’s prison and jail population dropping for the third straight year.
Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America to build upon this progress. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our Nation’s drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue. This policy underscores what we all know to be true: we cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem.
- The Opioid Epidemic
- 2/5/15 FACT SHEET: Administration Proposes Critical Investments to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse, Heroin Use, and Overdose Deaths
- 10/21/15 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use
- 10/21/15 Presidential Memorandum — Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use
- 10/21/15 Remarks by the President at Community Forum at East End Family Resource Center
- 2/2/16 FACT SHEET: President Obama Proposes $1.1 Billion in New Funding to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Use Epidemic
- 3/15/16 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016
- 3/29/16 Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic
- 3/29/16 Presidential Memorandum — Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force
- 3/29/16 President Obama’s Remarks in Panel Discussion at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
- 4/29/16 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Honors Americans Leading Efforts to Stop the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic
- 7/6/16 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Takes More Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic
- 7/22/16 President Obama signs the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
- 9/19/16 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week
- 10/27/16 FACT SHEET: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Takes Steps to Ensure Americans Can Access Care
- 11/30/16 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Marks Progress in Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, and Research
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
Subustance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
4 ways you can #GetCovered:
2. Call 1-800-318-2596
3. Mail a paper app
4. Apply in person http://t.co/SGAjS6mpxr
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 25, 2013