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Medical News & Perspectives
March 3, 2010

Treatment Given High Priority in New White House Drug Control Policy

JAMA. 2010;303(9):821-822. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.210

Just a few months after his appointment by President Obama as the new director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), R. Gil Kerlikowske, former chief of the Seattle Police Department announced that after 4 decades, the “war on drugs” was over.

“It's time to recognize drug abuse and addiction for what it is—not just a criminal justice issue, but also a very complex and dynamic public health challenge, one that demands a systematic, comprehensive, and evidence-led approach if we are going to be equal to the task,” Kerlikowske said in a December speech (http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/news/speech09/121009_Stockholm.pdf).

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