2010 is underway and so is Obama, but the question has been lingering regarding Obama's plan for the drug problem in America. Obama, this year, plans to focus on prevention, prescription drug use, and "drugged driving" as the aspects of the overall problems to tackle. With regard to 2010 Obama said he is, "committed to restoring balance in our efforts to combat the drug problems that plague our communities", with release of the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy.
It appears that Obama's plan may be lacking in several departments, while he focuses heavily on putting forward a plan that has been proven in the past to work and working to encourage people to intervene earlier which would be more in line with the ideas of medical science. The relation between the demand for a particular product and the amount of money spent on cutting of the supply are not balanced which has been a major concern that seems to continually be un-addressed. Obama's plan focuses very little on the imbalance between the reduction in demand and supply reduction spending in the annual budget.
The U.S. drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, believes Obama's plan is comprised of "ambitious goals", goals that will be achieved over the next five years.
Obama plans to reduce:
- the rate of youth drug use by 15 percent
- drug use among young adults by 10 percent
- the number of chronic drug users by 15 percent
- the incidence of drug-induced deaths by 15 percent
- the prevalence of drugged driving by 10 percent
Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance, believes that policy is not so dissimilar from past plans that were put into action, "an imperfect solution". While Obama's plan may tackle problems in a different way than past Presidents, Nadelmann believes that new plan does not deal with the "fundamental issues of budget and drug policy paradigm, retaining the overwhelming emphasis on law enforcement and supply control strategies that doomed the policies of its predecessors".
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