Bloomberg Law
April 1, 2021, 5:51 PM

Biden Drug Addiction Plan Focuses on Treatment Access, Inequity

Ian Lopez
Ian Lopez
Senior Reporter

The Biden administration unveiled its first-year plan to address the U.S. drug addiction crisis, focusing on treatment access and ending racial, gender, and economic inequities in drug policy and the criminal justice system.

Relying more on treatment than on incarceration for individuals using drugs such as opioids and targeting unmet substance use needs in diverse communities are among the ways the Biden administration plans to reduce drug overdoses, according to a Thursday notice from the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The announcement comes at what ONDCP called a “critical” moment, pointing to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data ...