Friday, February 11, 2011

Remarks by White House Drug Policy Director Kerlikowske at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum (National Harbor, MD) February 8, 2011

"Thank you, General Dean for that kind introduction. It's a pleasure to be here today with so many dedicated representatives of the kind of grassroots organizing that is always at the core of progress. As a former community organizer himself, the President understands the vital role that all of you play in making America the greatest Nation in the world. And your continued inspiration, hard work and contributions are especially important now, because of the continuing challenge we're facing as a Nation from drug use and its consequences.
During his State of the Union Address two weeks ago, President Obama announced to the Nation that we are in the midst of our generation's 'Sputnik moment' and that 'to win the future, we'll need to take on the challenges that have been decades in the making.' I cannot stress enough how all of you are part of this effort. Drug use and its consequences touch every sector of our society that is vital to a strong America. Drug use strains our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangers the futures of all of our young people. Simply put, our Nation cannot reach its full potential without a drug-free and healthy generation of young people." Read More

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