Kuster Statement on Priorities of ONDCP, Emphasizes Importance of Reducing Demand and Interrupting Supply of Illicit Drugs
**Kuster is the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force**
Concord, April 21, 2022
Concord, N.H. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, released the following statement on the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) National Drug Control Strategy.
“Every life lost to an overdose is a tragedy. I am pleased to see the Biden administration’s ONDCP taking clear, decisive steps to stop the flow of illicit drugs into our country and remove barriers to recovery. I have long said that in order to address the addiction epidemic, we must jointly lower demand and decrease supply. This new plan follows that approach and prioritizes reaching those most at risk of overdose, expanding access to harm reduction resources like naloxone, and disrupting the flow of illegal drugs across our borders by targeting drug traffickers, supply chains, and financial networks.
“No one chooses addiction, and we have a responsibility to equip those who want to recover with the resources to do so successfully. I look forward to Congress fully reviewing this plan and working with the administration and my colleagues to advance evidence-based policies, save lives, and finally turn the tide on this crisis.”
The Biden administration’s National Drug Control Strategy specifically lays out a plan to:
The full ONDCP strategy is accessible HERE.