US Changing Strategy For Dealing With Drugs.

Jenny - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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WASHINGTON — The White House is putting more resources into drug prevention and treatment, part of President Barack Obama's pledge to treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue than a criminal justice problem.



The new drug control strategy to be released Tuesday boosts community-based anti-drug programs, encourages health care providers to screen for drug problems before addiction sets in and expands treatment beyond specialty centers to mainstream health care facilities.



"It changes the whole discussion about ending the war on drugs and recognizes that we have a responsibility to reduce our own drug use in this country," Gil Kerlikowske, the White House drug czar, said in an interview.



The plan – the first drug plan unveiled by the Obama White House – calls for reducing the rate of youth drug use by 15 percent over the next five years and for similar reductions in chronic drug use, drug abuse deaths and drugged driving.



Kerlikowske criticized past drug strategies for measuring success by counting the number of children and teens who have not tried marijuana. At the same time, he said, the number of deaths from illegal and prescription drug overdoses was rising.



"Us facing that issue and dealing with it head on is important," Kerlikowske said.



More here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/10...

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?? - posted on 05/11/2010

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On top of this... doctors need to stop prescribing opiates to every patient with a sore neck. There needs to be a better 'log' of who is prescribed what and when, I know people who will go to 4-5 different doctors and walk in clinics and get prescriptions renewed and none of them know about the other... and a couple of them, they're getting oxy for something as simple as headaches...

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ME - posted on 05/12/2010

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Making drug testing mandatory for public aid only punishes children for their parents mistakes and illnesses. That is a terrible idea!!!

?? - posted on 05/11/2010

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Yea, in Canada it has to be from your doctor or ER. My friend gets oxy, codiene & vicodin for headaches, knee joint and back pain (she's fat and had surgery on her knee so she's always in pain) from her doctor. She doesn't abuse them but her ex did, she found out when her scripts suddenly disappeared.

A person I know down in the states though, his mom goes to 3 different walk in clinics in her state + 2 in the next state over and gets scripts for oxy, vicodin & codiene as well as gets 2 of her kids to get them on seperate dates so that she can use and sell them too :-\

I've reported them... just in case anyone is curious... I've never heard back and as far as I know she's still doing it.

Jenny - posted on 05/11/2010

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I advocate the legalisation of ALL drugs so while this doesn't quite cut it, I do think the US is going in the right direction. It just makes sense to treat drugs as a health issue. They will ALWAYS be avilable to those who want them. Plus once you guys ease up, then Canada can ease up even more and frickin legalize marijuana.

Now free Marc Emery!

Jenny - posted on 05/11/2010

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Jo, I requested Oxy for a steam burn at a walk in a few years ago and was told only your family doctor or an ER doc could write prescriptions for narcotics in Canada.

La - posted on 05/11/2010

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I think they should add to that: make drug testing mandatory in order to receive any benefits from government programs (welfare, food stamps, medicaid, etc)

Carolee - posted on 05/11/2010

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Anything's got to work better than what we've been doing! I hope it works.

Krista - posted on 05/11/2010

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That makes sense -- I've heard of people getting long jail sentences for possession of small amounts. All that does is put completely harmless people into an atmosphere that will teach them to be criminals, and will give them a record that will haunt them and severely impair their chances at a productive life.

And I think it makes a lot of sense to focus on prescription drug abuse. Oxycontin is a huge monkey on a lot of people's backs.

Sara - posted on 05/11/2010

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I totally agree with this, because it is a public health issue, not a criminal one. Bravo.

Dana - posted on 05/11/2010

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Sounds great to me. It's been a stupid waste of money over the years. I've never understood why we didn't do more for rehabilitation and prevention. Also with prescription drug use being so big lately along with Meth labs we need a new strategy. Focusing on some piddly pot dealer does no one any good.

Emma - posted on 05/11/2010

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I must say ive always thought trying to stop supply was doing things backwards, if you can get rid of the demand then supply will go away on its own.
I will be interested to see how well this strategy works as the current war on drugs is like pissing into the wind.

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