By: Richard Jacob
25 August 2010
The Obama management unveils a new drug-control strategy that emphasize community-based deterrence and the role of doctors in screening for drug troubles, signaling a change in plan while continuing to cuddle key tenets of the decades-old war on drugs.
But as the policy outlined represents a new pin on several fronts, groups and critics of the drug war alike decided it’s not a major leaving from previous administration.
The White House’s first anti-drug map calls for avoidance at the local level throughout mentoring programs and education initiatives, not just for children, but also for their parents at the workplace, as well as increasing treatment programs from specialty services to community health centers. The policy also lay out a sequence of five-year goals that comprise of cutting youth drug use by 15 percent, drug-caused deaths by 15 percent and instances of “drugged driving” by 10 percent.
Obama drug czar Gil Kerlikowske billed the strategy as “a balanced policy of prevention, treatment, enforcement and international cooperation.”
The management has already taken some steps to the improvement of drug policy, repealing a long-standing prohibit on federal funds for needle-exchange programs aimed at preventing HIV and deferring to states that pass laws allowing medical marijuana. Mr. Obama has also asked Congress to amend federal law so that sentencing rule treat crack and powder cocaine the same.
While Mr. Nadelmann lauded some of the administration’s efforts, he likened changing U.S. drug policy to “trying to turn around an ocean liner.” He said the administration’s budget reflects a continued emphasis on prosecution and imprisonment, as opposed to tackling drug addiction as a health issue.
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