Bottles of pills “All too often, these drugs wind up in communities where naloxone isn’t readily available, where harm reduction services are restricted or underfunded,” says White House drug czar Dr. Rahul Gupta.

Drug abuse has reached record levels in the United States during the pandemic, with nearly 107,000 overdose deaths in just the past 12 months. In response, the Biden administration rolled out its first national drug control strategy late last week.

“This inaugural strategy proposes bold, targeted and consequential actions to bend the curve on overdose deaths in the immediate term and reduce drug use and its damaging consequences over the longer term,” President Joe Biden said. “These actions are based on the best science, evidence and data available. Through them, we strive to usher in a new era of drug policy centered on individuals and communities.”

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