Yesterday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released its fifth annual National Drug Control Strategy to “address the public health and safety challenges of the 21st century,” with an emphasis on prevention and treatment rather than incarceration and law enforcement.

In particular, Strategy focuses on the national opioid epidemic, which killed 110 Americans per day in 2011. The strategy calls for numerous interventions in response, including the expansion of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs, bolstering support for medication-assisted opioid treatment and overdose prevention, and increasing access to the overdose-reversal drug naxolone.

The prevention of drug abuse also headlines the strategy. According to the report, every dollar invested in a school-based substance use prevention program has the potential to save up to $18 in costs related to substance use.

“This issue touches every family and every community in one way or another,” said Michael Botticelli, acting director of ONDCP. “There are millions of Americans — including myself — who are in successful long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. This policy supports each and every one of us and demonstrates a real commitment to a smarter, more humane approach to drug policy in the 21st century.”

The president’s drug control plan also includes reforms to the criminal justice system while protecting public safety, and supporting Americans in recovery by lifting the stigma of substance use disorders.

Learn more about Strategy in its fact sheet.