Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration rolled out a new national drug control strategy Tuesday focusing on, among other things, the need to stem a rising tide of prescription drug abuse.
The plan, according to the White House, establishes multiple five-year goals relating to drug abuse, including a 15 percent reduction in the number of chronic drug users, a 15 percent reduction in the rate of youth drug abuse, and a 10 percent drop in drug abuse by young adults.
It also aims to cut the incidence of drug-induced deaths by 15 percent and the prevalence of drugged driving by 10 percent.
This year, the administration will focus specifically on combating prescription drug abuse, drugged driving, and drug use prevention, a White House statement noted. Prescription drug abuse, the administration asserted, is "America's fastest growing drug problem, driving significant increases in drug overdoses in recent years."
The administration statement cited a recent survey showing that one in six drivers on weekend nights "tested positive for the presence of drugs."
The new federal response "calls for a balanced approach to confronting the complex challenge of drug use and its consequences," President Barack Obama said.
"By boosting community-based prevention, expanding treatment, strengthening law enforcement, and working collaboratively with our global
partners, we will reduce drug use and the great damage it causes in our communities."
The strategy, according to the White House statement, was developed primarily by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.