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Efforts by Biden to reduce drug use, promote treatment


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As the United States recorded nearly 107,000 overdose deaths during the past 12 months, President Joe Biden sent the first national drug control strategy from his administration to Congress.


Rahul Gupta, White House drug czar, said the strategy will prioritize harm reduction, the first plan of its kind. Its purpose is to prevent drug-related death and illness while actively engaging drug users in treatment and care.


Naloxone should be available over the counter, according to the American Medical Association. Harm reduction programs like fentanyl test strips and clean syringe programs prevent overdoses.


"As a result of the report of a recent congressional commission, harm reduction prevents overdoses and reduces the transmission of infectious diseases," Gupta said.


21 April 2022

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