The White House publishes national drug control strategy

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The Biden administration released its national drug control strategy for the year.

The White House said Thursday that President Biden had sent the initial plan to Congress.

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“The strategy lives up to the call for action in President Biden’s Unity Agenda through an entire government approach to combating the overdose epidemic,” the administration said in a statement, noting that it focuses specifically on untreated addiction and drug trafficking.

“It instructs federal agencies to prioritize actions that will save lives, provide people with the care they need, go after drug dealers’ profits, and make better use of data to guide all of these efforts,” it said.

Dr.  Rahul Gupta, left, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, joins Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., in the White House on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Washington.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, left, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, joins Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., in the White House on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Washington.
(AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

The strategy calls for the expansion of high-impact harm reduction interventions, including naloxone, to ensure that individuals at greatest risk for overdose can access “evidence-based treatment” and improve computer systems and research that drive drug policy development.

“All too often, these drugs end up in communities where naloxone is not readily available,” said White House Chief of Staff Dr. Rahul Gupta, who will monitor the strategy, on Wednesday, citing the drug that can revive users who have overdosed. “where harm reduction services are limited or underfunded, where there are unacceptable barriers to treatment.”

The American Medical Association (AMA) has called for naloxone to be made available over the counter. Test strips that prevent overdose by checking for fentanyl drugs and clean syringe programs are other examples of harm reduction.

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Gupta, who is the first doctor to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, noted that harm reduction prevents overdoses, reduces the transmission of infectious diseases and “as stated in a recent report by the Congressional Commission, it has bipartisan support.”

In addition, the strategy builds on President Biden’s budget request for the financial year 2023 for a $ 300 million increase to support the work of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and a $ 300 million increase for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

It aims to prevent and disrupt the economic activities of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) that manufacture illicit drugs and smuggle them into the United States, reduce the supply of illicit drugs through national and international cooperation, and reduce the supply of illicit drugs. smuggled across U.S. borders.

The FAQ sheet noted that the strategy instructs federal agencies to expand efforts to prevent drug use among school-age children and youth, support community-led coalitions that implement evidence-based prevention strategies, establish a federal recovery research agenda, adopt flexible and responsive drug use approaches remove barriers and increase economic opportunities for people in recovery.

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“The strategy includes specific actions to improve access to opioid use drug treatment (MOUD) programs for prisons and jails; identify ways to promote racial equality in the investigation, arrest, and sentencing of drug-related offenses without adversely affecting public safety; “individuals from the criminal justice system and juvenile justice systems for treatment when appropriate, removing barriers and expanding support services to help reintegrate people into society after imprisonment,” the administration concluded.

Drug overdoses have killed 106,854 people in the last 12-month period.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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