According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 18.3 percent of American Indians/Alaskan Natives age 12 or older are current users of illicit drugs. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is creating programs to help Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the US escape the heavy toll that drug abuse causes. The programs and policies have been designed to assist Tribal authorities using strategies of prevention, treatment, recovery support, and law enforcement and are described on the website of the ONDCP.
ONDCP has initiatives that provide support and resources. Media campaigns deliver anti-drug messages and promote cultural pride. Support programs engage Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in community efforts to reduce drug and alcohol use. In the arena of treatment, early intervention and recovery, the President’s Access to Recovery (ATR) grant program addresses geographic and cultural needs for the population and Tribal Drug Courts are concentrating on breaking the cycle of crime and drug use. Funds are being directed to help disrupt drug trafficking and tasks force teams are partnering with Indian Country law enforcement.
The website also features a wealth of information resources.
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