US drug control efforts have made little progress, report finds

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2813
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

US drug control agencies have not made progress in achieving most of the goals set in a 2010 national drug policy strategy document, concludes a report by the US Government Accounting Office (GAO), an auditing and investigative agency of the US Congress.

In the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy the US Office of National Drug Control Policy laid out strategy that President Barack Obama’s administration said would emphasize prevention and treatment. It set seven goals to be achieved by 2015 (box).

In its new report the GAO found that the government was set to achieve only one of five goals for which preliminary data were available. On that goal—to cut by 15% the lifetime prevalence of eighth graders who …

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