Kerlikowske Sees ‘Revolution’ in New U.S. Drug Control Policy


The White House ruled out legalizing drugs, instead announcing this week it would seek a “middle ground” focusing on treatment rather than throwing drug abusers in jail, notes the Columbus Dispatch. “This is nothing short of a revolution in how we approach drug control,” said Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

He said the new strategy would be guided by the principle that addiction is a treatable disease, that those addicted to drugs can recover and that innovative criminal-justice reforms can stop the revolving door of drug use, crime, imprisonment and eventual and inevitable rearrest. “We are not going to arrest our way out of this problem,” he said. The new strategy included an emphasis on educating the public about the dangers of prescription-drug abuse and the need to clean out medicine cabinets, plus a push for law enforcement to crack down on so-called pill mills.

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