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The White House
For Immediate Release

Statement from White House Drug Policy Director Kerlikowske on Release of Obama Administration Military Families Report

“Every American benefits from the profound sacrifices made by our military men and women. As a veteran, I was honored to attend the release of the Obama Administration’s report on support for military families. When a service member who has dedicated their life to protecting this country suffers from physical, mental health, or substance abuse problems, they do not suffer alone, and we owe these patriots and their families more than gratitude – we owe them our support. ONDCP is committed to providing that support through expanded access to drug treatment for active duty military and veterans, extending our support for veterans courts and through comprehensive efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences.”

  • According to a survey conducted by the Department of Defense, one in eight active duty military personnel are current users of illicit drugs. This is largely driven by prescription drug abuse, reported by one in nine service members—more than double the rate compared to the civilian population.
  • The Obama Administration's FY 2011 Budget request includes nearly $3.9 billion in Federal funding for early intervention and treatment services – an increase of $137 million. This includes $418 million – an increase of $13 million dollars – in direct support of veterans' treatment programs that provide effective, safe, efficient, recovery-oriented, and compassionate care for veterans with substance abuse disorders and mental illness.

View the White House Press Release.