The White House Releases 2014 National Drug Control Strategy

The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy represents a 21st century approach to drug policy. It outlines innovative policies and programs and recognizes that substance use is not just a criminal justice issue, but also a major public health concern. NASTAD commends the Administration for addressing HIV, hepatitis C, overdose and syringe services programs as a part of the National Drug Control Strategy.

Thanks to Women With a Vision for the photo!
Thanks to Women With a Vision for the photo!

-Administration commitment to a balanced public health and public safety approach to drug policy, based on science, not ideology

-Educating the public about overdose risks and interventions

-Increasing access to naloxone

-Working with states to promote Good Samaritan laws

-Inform public health systems on implementation of needle exchange programs

-Integrate and coordinate substance use disorder services under the Affordable Care Act

-Equip health care providers and first responders to recognize and manage overdoses

-Integrate substance use treatment and HIV prevention and care, including in the criminal justice system

-Expand internationally a comprehensive package of health interventions for injection drug users

-Enhanced focus on community-based overdose prevention and naloxone distribution– reduce drug related deaths 15 percent by 2015

-Prevention, treatment and recovery support services should be integrated into health care systems

Is your organization ready to embrace evidence-based practices like harm reduction, syringe access and over-dose prevention? Project SAFE is happy to provide trainings to anyone serving substance users and their loved ones!

Hope to hear from you!


Project SAFE

(thanks to NASTAD for the analysis!)


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