We are proud to be included in the Preface of the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy by ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske.
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The 2013 Strategy also includes an enhanced focus on overdose prevention and intervention as an important component in reducing drug-related deaths and connecting those in need with treatment and recovery services. In August 2012, I traveled to Wilkes County, North Carolina, and visited Project Lazarus, an organization helping to address the prescription drug abuse problem in a region hard hit by the epidemic. While there, I met with doctors, community leaders, and law enforcement professionals dedicated to reducing prescription drug abuse—to include preventing drug-related deaths through the use of the life-saving overdose reversal drug naloxone. As a result, the 2013 Strategy includes a section on overdose and highlights a law enforcement professional who is pioneering the use of naloxone by police officers in his hometown of Quincy, Massachusetts.