Office of National Drug Control Policy

ONDCP Excel Fortieth Row

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Review Laws and Regulations That Impede Recovery from Addiction
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Many laws and regulations that were established for the purpose of punishing or deterring drug use make no distinction between the person who continues to use drugs and the person who is on the pathway to recovery and needs housing, employment, a driver’s license, or a student loan to fully rejoin society.

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If such laws are either repealed or modified in a fashion that allows exemption of recovering people from their effects, a greater number of addicted individuals in early recovery will succeed in the long-term goals of becoming healthy and productive members of society, and recidivism will be reduced. ONDCP will work with the Congress and Executive Branch agencies to identify opportunities to eliminate legislative and regulatory barriers to recovery.

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