Comment On Release Of The Administration’s 2010 National Drug Control Strategy

“I have long believed that to break the cycle of drug abuse and crime, we must adopt a collaborative approach that emphasizes community-based prevention, treatment, and effective law enforcement.  President Obama’s first National Drug Control Strategy, released today, champions that approach and establishes five-year goals for reducing drug abuse and its consequences through a balanced policy of prevention, treatment and enforcement.

“Vermonters have been working together on commonsense answers, and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings in Rutland, St. Albans and Barre on rural drug abuse and crime have helped focus attention and resources on the problem, making Vermont a model for others to follow.  Just this March, I invited the key author of this national strategy, President Obama’s ‘drug czar,’ Director Gil Kerlikowske of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to join me in Barre to hear from the people of that community about their innovative efforts to counter the persistent problems of drug-related crime in rural America.  Vermont’s civic-minded, all-hands-on-deck approach to dealing with this serious problem continues to help advance the dialogue throughout the country about what solutions work best to address drug-related crime in rural areas.  The administration’s 2010 National Drug Control Strategy reflects many of the comprehensive community-based solutions Director Kerlikowske and I heard about during the hearing in Barre.  I welcome the commitment that the Obama administration shares with us about working with all parts of our communities to counter the devastating effect of drugs.  I look forward to continuing to work with Director Kerlikowske and the administration to implement this timely and important strategy.”

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