Jun 12, 2012

Drug czar: Treat drug abuse as a public health problem

Agence France-Presse: President Barack Obama’s top adviser on drug policy called Monday for greater emphasis on treating drug abuse as a public health problem in the United States rather than as a crime.

In a speech at the Betty Ford Center in Palms Springs, California, Gil Kerlikowske blamed US laws punishing drug consumption for making it harder for drug addicts to get treatment.

“Our nation’s drug problem should be treated as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. Read more.

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