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Drug policy

  • The US national drug strategy aims to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking; drug-related crime and violence; and drug-related health consequences.
  • On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. ​​​​​​​


Treatment and Recovery Services

  • Treatment is delivered in many different settings and uses a range of behavioural and pharmacological approaches. 
  • There are more than 14,500 specialised drug treatment facilities that provide counselling, behavioural therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to persons with substance use disorders.
  • Drug abuse and addiction are also treated in doctors’ offices and mental health clinics. Providers include counsellors, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. 
  • Outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment is available.
  • Local, State and Federal governments fund a large portion of drug abuse and addiction treatment services.
  • Private and employer-subsidised health plans may also cover treatment of addiction.

Prevention Services

  • Prevention approaches include environmental initiatives tailored for local communities that aim to tackle the root causes of risky behaviours through the creation of environments suited to healthy living.
  • Lawmakers, local officials, community leaders and other members from various sectors of the community (e.g schools, businesses, health, faith) contribute to the successful implementation of environmental provisions.

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