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Drug Czar: “Addiction is Not a Moral Failing”

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Gil Kerlikowske, Director of Office of National Drug Control PolicyAt a talk at Johns Hopkins University, Obama’s drug czar outlined the administration’s new drug strategy. The two-pronged approach includes treating drug addiction as a health problem but also continuing to enforce current drug laws.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, confessed that during his 37-year career in law enforcement, “Like most people, I believed that a person addicted to drugs had a moral problem — a failing, a lack of will. I was wrong. Addiction is not a moral failing.”

According to ABC News, the Obama administration is increasingly focusing on prevention and treatment of addiction. Its new policy is to help drug users get into treatment instead of incarceration; however, the Office of National Drug Control Policy does not have the power to  change drug laws and has not advocated doing so. The administration is still enforcing current drug laws by arresting drug users and dealers.

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Source: ABC News Obama Drug Czar Wants Treatment and Arrests at the Same Time

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