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White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy, Supports Lifting of Ban on Use of Federal Funds for Syringe Exchange

April 26, 2013

White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy, Supports Lifting of Ban on Use of Federal Funds for Syringe Exchange

This week the Obama Administration released its National Drug Control Strategy for reducing drug use and its consequences in the United States. "My Administration remains committed to a balanced public health and public safety approach to drug policy," the President says in the opening letter to the Strategy. "This approach is based on science, not ideology -- and scientific research suggests that we have made real progress."

One of the Strategy's key objectives is to "Inform Public Health Systems on Implementation of Needle Exchange Programs." The Strategy supports of the lifting of the ban on the use of federal funds for syringe services programs, which research shows to be effective at reducing drug abuse and reducing transmission of HIV and other bloodborne diseases. To read the National Drug Control Strategy, click here.



  
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This article was provided by AIDS United. It is a part of the publication AIDS United Policy Update. Visit AIDS United's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
 
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