Drug Strategies

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Drug Strategies is a non-profit research institute located in Washington D.C. Dedicated to evaluating the effectiveness of drug abuse prevention, education, and treatment, Drug Strategies is led by former Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Mathea Falco. Drug Strategies' Board of Directors is chaired by Harvard Law Professor Philip Heymann and current board members include Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, James R. Jones, former U.S Ambassador to Mexico, Michael Kantor, former Secretary of Commerce, and David Aaron Kessler, former FDA Commissioner, along with other notable figures in the fields of international drug policy and public health. Drug Strategies is mentioned in David Kessler's best selling book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.[1]

Drug Strategies created the Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Awards in 1999 and presented them annually for ten years to print and broadcast journalists who reported with excellence on drug issues.[2][3] Drug Strategies directors have commented widely in the media on drug abuse issues[4][5] and in 2006 and 2007 testified before the United States House of Representatives' Committee on House Government Reform[6] and the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary[7] on the dangers posed by the abuse of prescription medications. Drug Strategies publications include Treating Teens: A Guide To Adolescent Drug Programs[8][9][10][11] and Making the Grade: A Guide to School Drug Prevention Programs.[12] Bubblemonkey.com is Drug Strategies' website that provides adolescents a way to anonymously access information on substance abuse and treatment centers.

Drug Strategies co-hosted two working groups on transnational organized crime at Harvard Law School in April and October 2011 which were attended by policy experts from the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Spain, including a number of Mexican officials at the federal, state, and local levels.[13]


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  4. ^ "Mexican drug cartels – Global Journalist Radio". Globaljournalist.org. August 5, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
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  9. ^ Maria Godoy. "Treating Substance Abuse in Teens". NPR. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Finding Best Teen Drug-Treatment Programs – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ HBO. "Addiction: Treatment: Drug Treatment for Adolescents". HBO. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
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  13. ^ "HLS conference focuses on Mexican drug cartels". Law.harvard.edu. May 6, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 

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