National Synthetic Drug Control Strategy Released

Source: CESAR FAX V15, July 17, 2006

In June, 2006 the Office of National Drug Control Policy issued its first-ever national Synthetic Drug Control Strategy, noting that “the unique nature of illicit markets for synthetic drugs warrants a targeted response” (p. 1). The primary goals of the strategy are to reduce methamphetamine use and prescription drug abuse by 15% by 2008 and to reduce the number of domestic methamphetamine laboratories by 25% by 2008. Recognizing that “state and local partners are crucial in carrying out the Administration’s strategy for the synthetic drug problem” (p. 19), the strategy also offers a ten point plan for helping state and local governments fight synthetic drugs (see below).

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