The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is raising the alarm that drug abuse may over-whelm national efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. During November, Drug Awareness Month, under the theme, “Stop and Think-Drugs not the Link”, the agency will under-score the need for national action at all levels to con-front the many faces of drug abuse that now consti-tute a changing problem. Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker, believes that a multi-pronged strategy and national will is needed now more than ever to reverse emerging trends. After reviewing new data from national surveys, Mr. Tucker, said today, “We all have a lot of work to do. The problem of drug abuse is like a hydra. As soon as we make progress on one tentacle, another emerges.”
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is supporting a national consultation to exam-ine prevention strategies targeting alcohol and substance abuse on November 4. 2010.