May 11th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
12 years ago

White House targets prescription drug abuse

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.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Djinn

    They could start by looking carefully at congress.

    May 11, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. diridi

    put them in prison...that's it. watch Medicaid, Medicare fraud. and Insurnace fraud. ok. They are charging too much.

    May 11, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Sean

    We don't need another radical meat headed lesbian like Big Sis screwing up the country any more than it is...

    May 11, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Michael

    The number one cause of drug abuse – prescription or otherwise – is a general feeling of despair. People abuse drugs to fill a hole.
    On one hand, many people turn to drugs not because they really have problems without solutions, but because they have not been taught how to find the solutions; this is a matter of plain ignorance and awful parenting. We require a minimum level of knowledge and skill to drive a car legally, but not to create life and parent a child; this is insane.
    If you have a baby without being reasonably equipped to care for it, adoption should be mandatory. Deadbeat dads should be sterilized upon first offense.
    The other problem is a spiritual void – not a lack of religion, but a lack of meaning within the individual. Why would Rush Limbaugh abuse drugs? He is rich and famous, has many fans and can buy anything he wants. Probably the drug abuse is a reflection of the toxic personality beneath: someone whose life and breath are hatred and ugly language cannot be a happy person. People need to be doing something positive for themselves and others; they need to be allowed to enjoy the results.

    May 11, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rush Limbaugh , and many others on this blog site and in Congress that overindulge in more than "their fair share" of prescription drugs are going to go absolutely ape crappy over this little piece of news!! lol

    May 11, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Go get them mr president

    May 11, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. thomas

    About time !

    May 11, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Wisconsinite

    This is greatly needed and I am very pleased to see the President is addressing this huge issue which has such a negative impact on our nation's health and well being. Another thing to help would be to make the television advertising of prescription drugs illegal! It is illegal in almost all other countries . . . . why is it legal here??? Because of the almighty dollar to be made off of the backs of the sick, that's why!

    May 11, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Our nation is divided and on the brink

    Show the druggies they can quit the habit by being an example – quit smoking!

    May 11, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. John Q.

    Try securing the southern border Obama, that would be a good start. It's an open gate to drugs, both of the prescription type and illicit. Do your job!

    May 11, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Duck Fallas

    Ladies and gentlemen, the fun we're about to have today is almost incalculable; and most certainly illegal.

    May 11, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Sarah the baby seal basher

    I hope they dont go after Rush Limbaugh,or my big pharma stocks will drop.

    May 11, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Willy Brown

    Careful. You're messing with your voting block

    May 11, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Any chance of our racist, corrupt slimy president giving some kind words of encouragement to the residents of Nashville, even though they are law abiding, work and pay taxes. I know we are not his constituency and that the city hosted the TEA party convention, but a kind work from the fraud in chief would be a nice gesture.

    May 11, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Oh, this is priceless. Give the pharmaceutical industry carte blanche, and then come out against prescription drug abuse. Anyone else see the hypocrisy in this, or is this just a stretch on my part?

    May 11, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Bob in PA

    It's bad enough that you can't buy 2 boxes of o-t-c decongestants without being suspected of running a meth lab.

    I suppose this will mean that doctors and pharmacists will now have to supply all prescriptions to a new bureaucracy along with our Social Security numbers.

    And I am positive that new bureaucracy already was created within the framework of the Health Care reform act. This Big Brother garbage needs to end !

    May 11, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Victim of GOP Taliban

    So much for the trillions $ spent on the the War on Drugs when Rush Limbaugh and other addicts can simply "buy" a prescription from the drug doctor or mail order. Time to end the massive waste of $ on the War on Drugs and cut the budget – let local government deal with it instead.

    May 11, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |