Emphasizing the need for continued action to combat substance abuse and addiction, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), a recognized leader in this effort and founding co-chair of the Youth Drug Prevention Caucus, Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus and also vice-chair of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus, today issued the following statement on the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy released by the White House today:
"Prescription drug abuse has reached record levels and continues to grow among our youth," said Bono Mack. "I am pleased that this report acknowledges this problem and indicates a need to educate physicians about pain prescriptions and to enhance prescription drug take-back programs that will keep these drugs out of the wrong hands. However, for this to work, the Administration needs to allocate resources and put more than good intentions behind such a critically important effort.
"Millions of Americans are facing the devastating impact of substance abuse and addiction every day, whether in their families, in their communities, or in their own lives. This alarming reality makes it abundantly clear that we need a renewed effort that focuses on addressing this problem on all levels, including everything from strong enforcement efforts to prevention, treatment and early detection.
"This strategy rightly recognizes that we need a balanced approach that deals with all aspects of addiction. We need to invest in education, treatment and early detection if we want to end this cycle that is destroying so many lives. The statistics reveal just how important families and educators are in shaping the lives of our youth.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration, my colleagues in Congress and community leaders across the country on this important effort to end the cycle of drug abuse and addiction, particularly among our youth. Together, we can make a difference and make our communities a better place to live, work and raise our families, both now and into the future."