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A New, Balanced, and Collaborative Approach to Drug Control

2010 National Drug Control Strategy

Defining drug addiction as both a public health and public safety issue, the newly released 2010 National Drug Control Strategy is the inaugural strategy of the Obama Administration. It was created by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with input from Federal, State, and local partners, and serves as a blueprint for action for the Federal government. Through a balanced approach to drug control, the new Strategy emphasizes:

  • Community-based prevention;
  • Integration of evidence-based treatment into the healthcare system;
  • Innovations in the criminal justice system; and
  • International partnerships to disrupt drug trafficking organizations.

Because nearly all Americans are impacted by the consequences of drug use, the Strategy is designed to be relevant for you. Whether you are a parent looking for information, a community member interested in treatment resources, a police officer or local elected official searching for new approaches to drug-related crimes, or someone who wants to know more about the Administration's drug policy, the National Drug Control Strategy will serve as a useful resource.


The most effective way to keep America's youth drug-free is to prevent them from getting involved with drugs in the first place. Focusing on community-based prevention strategies is an important step in creating and maintaining successful prevention efforts. From the youth-targeted National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, to hundreds of local Drug-Free Community coalitions with unique activities designed to address local issues, there are a lot of resources available for those interested in preventing substance abuse. Learn how you can get involved and help keep your family and community drug-free.

Prescription Drug Abuse

When taken as directed for legitimate medical purposes, prescription medications can be safe and effective. However, the increasing rates of prescription drug abuse are a growing concern for the health and safety of today’s teens. Often easily accessible in home medicine cabinets, thousands of Americans face the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse every day. For those looking to minimize the potential for prescription drug diversion and abuse, there are a number of online resources and tips for prevention. If you know a teen that needs help now, visit The Anti Drug's crisis information webpage today.

Drugged Driving

The terrible consequences of drunk driving are all-too familiar, and there's growing evidence that driving with distractions such as text messaging or talking on a cell phone can also be dangerous. But drugged driving is just as dangerous. Recent studies have shown that an alarming number of people are driving with drugs in their systems. Help keep our road trips safe this time of year by avoiding alcohol and drugs. If you're a parent, talk to your kids about safe driving and take this online quiz to test your knowledge about the risks of drugged, drunk, and distracted driving.

Supporting Military Families

It is critical that service personnel and their families have access to substance abuse prevention and treatment resources. Work is ongoing to enhance treatment and prevention programs throughout the government, and there are a number of resources currently available from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including My HealtheVet, the Center for Women's Veterans, and information about VA substance abuse programs.

Reaching Native Americans

Substance use disproportionately impacts tribal populations in the United States and there are a number prevention, treatment, and recovery services designed to address this issue. If you're a teen interested in staying drug-free, visit Above the Influence and get involved. Additional resources for parents who are interested in preventing or addressing drug use among their teens are available on The Anti-Drug website. Lastly, the Meth Resources website is part of the newly launched Native American Meth Campaign, which is aimed at preventing the use of methamphetamines (meth) by both youth and adults across Indian Country.