Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass participated in a roundtable conversation with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Gil Kerlikowske, which was hosted by the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) to discuss the state of drug treatment nationally and current initiatives from the Obama Administration that support drug free communities and youth. In addition to Kerlikowske, the event was attended by executive directors of substance abuse treatment and prevention providers in Los Angeles who provided a perspective on regional substance abuse and treatment options.
Since 2009, the U.S. government has spent more than $31 billion on drug control programs, including $10.1 billion in FY2012. Through ONDCP's recent efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences, the organization has committed to decrease the rate of drug use by 15 percent in 2015.
"Today's dialogue was a very important step towards adequately informing providers in Los Angeles about the Obama Administration's commitment to improve the public health and safety of the American people as well as provide resources needed to prevent and treat substance abuse," said Bass. "If we are to make real action towards improving public health and in turn, the safety of our neighborhoods we must develop programs and policies that stop drug use and addiction at the onset of the problem and properly provide treatment and care for individuals who are suffering and recovering from addiction. I applaud the AADAP for bringing us together and hosting this incredible conversation."
Based in Los Angeles, AADAP Inc. provides outpatient and inpatient treatment for adults and youth, job training and employment assistance, gang reduction and youth development, HIV/AIDS outreach and cross training, and other supportive services to residents in Los Angeles County.