Government Hasn’t Made Progress on Most Drug Control Goals: Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the federal government has not made progress on most goals for reducing drug use, which were outlined in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, UPI reports.

The strategy included seven goals, including reducing drug use among 12- to 17-year-olds by 15 percent. There has been no progress on this goal, primarily because of an increase in teens’ use of marijuana, GAO reported. Teens have decreased their use of other drugs, the report noted.

The GAO noted programs designed to prevent and treat drug abuse are spread over 15 federal agencies, some of which provide overlapping services. “These programs could provide or fund one or more drug abuse prevention or treatment service that at least one other program could also provide or fund, either to similar population groups or to reach similar program goals,” the report stated. “Such fragmentation and overlap may result in inefficient use of resources among programs providing similar services.”

Many prevention and treatment programs that GAO surveyed did not report coordination efforts, according to the report. The office noted 40 percent of surveyed programs said there was no coordination with other federal agencies on drug abuse prevention or treatment activities.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has said it will work with agencies administering federal programs that provide drug abuse prevention and treatment activities to enhance coordination, according to the article.

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    May 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    And the government never will. These statistics have stayed level since the early seventies. There is a certain population in a free country that are going to use illegal drugs and abuse legal intoxicants. If you look at the numbers this is an unarguable….proven…calculable…….
    fact. Never letting anyone ever get into trouble with drugs would be wonderful. It’s just not going to happen……ever. Education and rehabilitation are our best options. Incarceration and excessive law enforcement doesn’t work well. Democracies often have issues with freedoms. Some people believe that the constitution applies to their freedom to do what they want to concerning their body. All the law enforcement in the world isn’t going to stop this. Look at the statistics for reducing illegal drug importation, drug use among teens/adults and prescription drug abuse. The numbers have a variance of +- 8-14 % in a given year or decade.
    I think we need to take a good hard look at the way we deal with “abuse” of drugs in our country.

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