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ONDCP Update: Volume 1, Issue 9, November 2010

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Date Published
November 2010
4 pages
This issue of ONDCP Update presents five short articles on national efforts in the area of substance abuse awareness and substance abuse reduction
The first article is this issue of ONDCP Update provides an overview of the prevalence and dangers driving under the influence of alcohol. The article describes a national campaign to fight drugged and drunk driving under the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other Federal programs to combat and prevent drug use. The second article reviews the functionality and effectiveness of Drug Recognition Experts (DREs); police officers trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both. These officers are trained under the International Drug Evaluation and Classification program. The third article presents a brief overview of the National Summit on Recovery from Substance Use Disorders, held in Washington, DC in September 2010. The Summit discussed recovery-oriented systems of care within the context of healthcare reform, as well as other issues. The fourth article describes the success of Operation Ye'iitsoh, part of the Native American Project (NAP) Initiative and supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) Albuquerque District Office and funded by ONDCP. Operation Ye'iitsoh's purpose is to combat the growing drug trafficking problem in and around the Navajo Reservation, and recently netted nine residents of McKinley County, NM on drug trafficking charges. The fifth and final article presents an overview of ONDCP's support in the month of September (2010) for recovery from substance use disorders by participating in a variety of events during the month in observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. These events raised awareness of the disease of addiction and the reality and power of recovery.