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2011 National Drug Control Strategy

Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of our young people. The United States cannot afford to continue paying the devastating toll of illicit drug use and its consequences. In 2007, the most recent year for which data are available, the economic impact of illicit drug use on American society totaled more than $193 billion.

Building on the Obama Administration's inaugural Strategy, released last year, the 2011 National Drug Control Strategy serves as the Nation's blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences. Continuing our collaborative, balanced, and science-based approach, the 2011 National Drug Control Strategy emphasizes drug prevention and early intervention programs in healthcare settings, diverting non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding more scientific research on drug use, expanding access to substance abuse treatment, and supporting those in recovery.

Whether you are a parent looking for information, a community member interested in treatment resources, a police officer or local elected official searching for new approaches to drug-related crimes, or someone who wants to know more about the Administration's drug policy, the National Drug Control Strategy serves as a useful resource.

  In Your Words

Listen to these stories from people across the country who are working to reduce substance abuse.


Timothy Gang
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Timothy Gang, a former Marine, shares his struggle with substance abuse and his work to help other veterans.


Ramie Siler
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Ramie Siler, currently an employee of a women's reentry program, describes her story and commitment to help other families in need.

Criminal Justice

Daniel Gannon
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Daniel Gannon, Lieutenant in the Providence Police Department, discusses how programs like 'drug market initiatives' are changing the relationship between law enforcement and communities.


Shelly Morgan
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Shelly Morgan, whose son was affected by substance abuse, shares her story and ongoing work with Alexandria, Virginia's drug-free coalition.


President Barack Obama meets with Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske in the Oval Office, May 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Video Message from the Director

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About the Strategy

Press Room

Resources for State, Local and Tribal Partners

The Strategy and our shared efforts to reduce drug use and its effects can be successful only through collaborations with our partners.

In our continued effort to support and foster drug-free communities, ONDCP provides a number of additional online media and communications resources for our partners. Visit these links to find customizable posters and print ads, open letters to parents, and Public Service Announcements for your community:

Sign up for one or more of these email groups to be sure you're informed about the latest news and resources:

  • The Anti-Drug Updates—your source for the latest news, materials, and partnership opportunities available through the Media Campaign

Resources for Parents

The Strategy is designed to support a number of programs in your area, including prevention, treatment, and law enforcement activities.

Parents and other adults can be a teen's greatest influence. If you are concerned that your teen may be using drugs or want more information on prevention, treatment, and recovery, please visit:

Resources for Youth

For many teens today, drug use is an important issue. Risky behaviors, including substance abuse, can lead to unwanted social consequences or damaging implications for future success.  The Above the Influence youth campaign empowers America's youth to reject drugs. 

To provide the youth you care about with up-to-date, relevant drug facts, localized activities, and teen-friendly resources, please visit:

Supporting Agencies

The Strategy was developed with input from State and local governments, non-governmental partners, policy makers, community-based organizations, practitioners, and academics. The thoughtful contributions of these groups have helped shape the Strategy's new, balanced approach.

We are collaborating with a number of Federal partners to implement the Strategy, including:

Stay Informed, Get Involved

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