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ONDCP Releases Year One Priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration

Yesterday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a statement outlining year one priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration. NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, attended a call that day to learn the scope of the seven priorities identified. The following priorities range from expanding evidence-based approaches in prevention, treatment, recovery support, and harm reduction services, racial equity, reducing the supply of illicit substances, and building and advancing the addiction workforce and workplaces. The specific priorities, as identified by the Biden-Harris administration, are: 

  • Expanding access to evidence-based treatment;
  • Advancing racial equity issues in our approach to drug policy;
  • Enhancing evidence-based harm reduction efforts;
  • Supporting evidence-based prevention efforts to reduce youth substance use;
  • Reducing the supply of illicit substances;
  • Advancing recovery-ready workplaces and expanding the addiction workforce; and
  • Expanding access to recovery support services.

“NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is thrilled that the Biden-Harris Administration is working to address many of the top concerns communicated by NAADAC to the Biden-Harris Transition Team,” stated Moreno Tuohy. “NAADAC stands ready to support and build the addiction infrastructure for workplaces and the addiction workforce, and to expand on all seven policies addressed by the Biden-Harris Administration. The addiction pandemic is not resolving – it is only growing and we want to get ahead of the devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities.”