The 2012 National Drug Control Strategy: Will it Work?

This post answers the following questions

1) When was The 2012 National Drug Control Strategy released?
2) Where did they focused?
3) How much does The Federal Government spent on drug control?
4) What is The 2012 National Drug Control Strategy all about?
5) What is their plan regarding The 2012 National Drug Control Strategy?

The 2012 National Drug Control Strategy was released in April. As with any other government program, with its release there has come much speculation about whether or not it will work.

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The New 2012 National Drug Control Strategy

Here is some information on the new strategy:

The government initially released their National Drug Control Strategy in 2010. With it, they planned on reducing the focus (and funds) on enforcement. They felt that they wanted to start to move away from the “enforcement-centric ‘war on drugs.'” The administration said that “Science has shown that drug addiction is not a moral failing but rather a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.”

So, they decided to focus more of their efforts on prevention, treatment, and recovery. The Federal Government has spent over $31 billion on drug control since 2009. In the past few years, they’ve begun to turn their focus from so much enforcement and consequences to much more education and treatment. They hope that this new focus and direction will help to reduce drug use and addiction in our country.

So will it work?

So, these all sound like great ideas in theory. But will this new direction actually work? To me, the answer is yes… on a few conditions. The goals that they have set in this new strategy look great. I think they are right on track with the idea that, if they are better able to prevent and treat drug and alcohol addiction, we will see less of their harmful effects on our society. I think it is a great thing to start putting more energy and funding towards prevention, treatment, and recovery. I think it’s a much better idea to, instead of putting so much focus on consequences for offenders (even though that is important), to instead focus more on prevention and treatment.

But they can’t do it all on their own. The government has said that they want this new strategy to not only act as the blueprint for their efforts on fighting addiction’s occurrences and harmful effects, but that they would also like to see it used as a guide for each of us. An example to show us what type of steps and efforts we can be making on our part. They said that they would like to provide this to individuals who would also like to help, so that they also know what efforts they can make to make a difference.

So in answer to the question, “Will the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy work?” I say a very enthusiastic Yes! IF we are all willing to do our part to help with educating and supporting those who are susceptible to drug and alcohol addiction, or who are already battling it. I think if we all work together we can help change the focus of the drug war in our country, and start working to help those who are affected by it.

Nicole is a guest post writer for Addiction Watch, where they help to treat drug addiction and treatment. Visit site for more information.

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