President Obama announced new public and private actions to address the opioid epidemic
“The point is -- and I’m going to end with this -- we’ve all got a role to play. Because young people like Jordan, they remind us these are our kids. It’s not somebody else’s kids; it’s our kids. It’s not somebody else’s neighborhood; it’s our neighborhood. And they deserve every chance. We’ve got to make sure that we're doing right by them, we're taking this seriously.” – President Obama
Americans Safely Disposed of Drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Young Leaders Promoted Recovery at the White House
“A big motivation for tonight’s event is to help combat the stigma around addiction and around substance use, and I think that one of the ways we can all do that is by sharing our stories.” – Christina Huffington
ONDCP Hosted “Medicine Responds to Addiction” Symposium
ONDCP funded new projects in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
In August, ONDCP announced $13.4 million in funding for new projects in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). These included the HIDTA Heroin Response Strategy, a new partnership among five regional HIDTA programs — Appalachia, New England, Philadelphia/Camden, New York/New Jersey, and Washington/Baltimore — to address the severe heroin threat facing those communities through public health-public safety partnerships across 15 states. Read more here.
“The HIDTA Heroin Response Strategy demonstrates a strong commitment to address the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic as both a public health and a public safety issue. This Administration will continue to expand community-based efforts to prevent drug use, pursue ‘smart on crime’ approaches to drug enforcement, increase access to treatment, work to reduce overdose deaths, and support the millions of Americans in recovery.” – Michael Botticelli
Drug-Free Communities Showed progress on youth substance use
In August, the Drug-Free Communities Support Program’s 2014 National Evaluation Report showed that across the 618 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) funded by ONDCP in FY 2013, there were promising results for middle school and high school youth substance use and perception, including:
White House Honored Advocates for Action
In May, the 2015 Advocates for Action came to the White House to discuss their work and advocacy on drug policy. Read their stories about developing groundbreaking programs to break the cycle of drug use, expanding treatment opportunities, and preventing drug use before it starts.
UN Commission Endorsed Alternatives to Incarceration for Substance Use Disorders
In March, the United Nations Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) approved a resolution proposed by ONDCP that called for justice and health agencies to work together to provide a range of alternatives to incarceration for those affected by a substance use disorder. The CND is the largest annual governmental meeting on drug issues with 53 member states. Learn more here.
The President Called for Historic Levels of Funding for Public Health Responses to Illicit Drug Use
The President’s FY2016 Budget, submitted to the U.S. Congress in February, contained $12.3 billion in Federal funds for reducing drug use in the United States for through prevention and treatment programs – an increase of $768 million over the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. Combined with supply reduction funding, a total of $27.6 billion dollars was requested for Federal drug control programs for FY2016.
“The President’s 2016 Budget calls for the largest commitment to substance use disorder treatment and prevention efforts to date. There are millions of Americans – including myself – who are in successful long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. This budget demonstrates the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to a science-based drug policy with a balanced approach to public health and public safety.” – Michael Botticelli
Michael Botticelli Confirmed as Director of National Drug Control Policy
In February, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Michael Botticelli as Director of National Drug Control Policy. He is the first Director in long term recovery from a substance use disorder, recently celebrating 27 years in recovery.