June 8, 2012

Kerlikowske to deliver major recovery address from Betty Ford Center

On Monday, June 11 — almost one year following the passing of former First Lady Betty Ford — Gil Kerlikowske, White House Drug Policy Director, will deliver a major address on recovery at the Betty Ford Center.  

The address will be at 9:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. EST. Click here to watch the live address.

At the Center, Kerlikowske will be joined by Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador Christopher Kennedy Lawford.

According to David K. Mineta, deputy director for demand reduction of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Kerlikowske will call on all Americans to lift the stigma too often attached to substance use disorders and outline the importance of eliminating barriers to recovery and supporting those in recovery. 

ONDCP’s support for the expansion of community-based treatment and long-term recovery support services and eliminating barriers to recovery are part of a balanced public health and safety approach outlined in the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy, the Administration’s primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States. 

The new Strategy supports a “third way” approach to drug policy, supporting evidence based alternatives to a law enforcement centric “war on drugs” or drug legalization.

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