It's been a great week at home in the district. Saturday, I presented awards to winners of the Beaumont Cherry Festival, and I also spoke at Sun Lakes Retirement Community in Banning to commemorate its 25th Anniversary. Both were terrific events with a lot of smiling faces, and I was happy to get the chance to chat with constituents and catch up with friends.
On Monday, I began the week with an event at the Betty Ford Center that I've been looking forward to for a long time. I was invited to attend the event along with White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, who spoke about Betty Ford's legacy. He also echoed my concerns about the growing threat of prescription drug abuse nationwide. Director Kerlikowske discussed the fact that in 2010, 8% of Americans age 12 or older needed treatment but did not receive it. At his urging, more and more is being done to integrate treatment and recovery into national drug control policies.
Betty Ford, a close friend and someone I respected very much, was always an advocate for treatment and healing, and her model for rehabilitation is still used today. Nearly a year after her death, the former First Lady continues to be at the forefront of the discussion about addiction, rehabilitation and long-term recovery. Over the past 30 years, the Betty Ford Center has helped nearly 100,000 women and men begin their journey of recovery, and I cannot think of a better place to have stood up to discuss the future of drug policy in America with Director Kerlikowske than the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage.
Thursday morning, I was honored to be at Sunnylands for an event commemorating Flag Day. The many veterans in attendance heightened the feeling of patriotism. Because of their bravery, valor and service to our country, we all continue to enjoy the freedom that the American flag represents.
I'm headed back to Washington next week. As always, Tweet me, post on my Facebook page, write me an email or pick up the phone if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a great weekend!