Kerlikowske Talks About “Huge” U.S. Addiction Problem


Federal drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske (officially director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy) tells the Washington Post he would like to see more collaboration between law enforcement and drug treatment programs. Kerlikowske also says, “we should shout a lot more about the fact that [drug courts] actually do work.”

Asked about his stepson’s drug problems, Kerlikowske cites his own “opportunity to talk about addiction as a disease [] I think we are much more open in this country now to talk about it. There isn’t anyone that is not affected by drugs — friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors. It’s huge.”

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