Presidential Candidates Weigh in on Drug and Alcohol Abuse in America

Categories: Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, News, Public Policy, Substance Abuse

In preparation for the upcoming Iowa Caucuses, the Partnership for Drug-Free America and the Partnership for Drug-Free Iowa asked the Presidential candidates 2 questions relating to drug and alcohol abuse in America. Seven of the candidates – Senator Christopher Dodd, Senator Barack Obama, Senator John Edwards, Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Senator Mike Gravel, Mike Huckabee and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson – responded and answered the following questions:

1. If you become President, how will you bolster efforts to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in communities throughout America?

2. A recent national survey found a significant decline in the number of parents talking to children about the risks of drugs and alcohol. If you become President, how will you encourage parents to engage with their kids on this health issue?

Read Their Responses

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One thought on “Presidential Candidates Weigh in on Drug and Alcohol Abuse in America

  1. My reading of these replies is that some candidates more than others understand that substance abuse will only be addressed on a national level by providing greater access to treatment. This includes improved means for individuals to pay for treatment either through private insurance or publicly funded programs. Perhaps more importantly a national conversation needs to take place recognizing that addiction is an illness so individuals will seek treatment without shame–it is less clear that any candidates understand this point. Greater enforcement and expansion of anit-drug laws will not change the nature of the conversation in this country but understanding the nature of addiction may.

    From my perspective, prevention in the schools is a waste of time and money–it is the parents that need to take the steps at this level.

    Finally, I’m wondering if it is significant that some candidates chose not to respond to this important issue?

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