The Obama administration today announced a shift in priorities for combating drug use.
"The Strategy focuses on treatment - because despite our best efforts some people do become drug users," Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Gil Kerlikowski says in a video statement. "We need to intervene early, to prevent use from progressing to addiction. We need to increase accessibility to evidence‐based treatments to help those in trouble. And we must promote comprehensive recovery support."
The new strategy follows other changes in the federal approach to drug policy under the Obama administration, including deprioritizing medical marijuana prosecutions, pushing to end the sentencing disparity for powder- and crack-cocaine possession, and repealing a ban on publicly funded needle exchanges.