Author Archives: Bob Curley

Smooth Sailing in Senate for Drug-Czar Nominee

The Obama administration’s national drug-control strategy will be balanced, science-based, and include a budget containing “proven, effective programs” that will be rigorously assessed and adapted to changing circumstances, Obama drug-czar nominee Gil Kerlikowske told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. …

States Serving Up Alcohol Taxes to Patch Budgets, Pay for Treatment

For decades alcohol industry lobbyists have succeeded in derailing most attempts to raise state alcohol taxes, but the lousy economy has many cash-hungry states now considering alcohol-tax increases — in some cases, to help pay for addiction treatment services as …

It’s Official: Kerlikowske to Head ONDCP, But Won’t Serve in Obama’s Cabinet

Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has been officially announced as President Barack Obama’s “drug czar” by the White House, but unlike his recent predecessors, he will not serve as a member of the president’s Cabinet. “With escalating violence along our …

Taking Burden Off Physicians Key to SBI Growth, New Report Says

Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for addictions and other behavioral problems could save billions in healthcare costs if widely implemented as a component of national healthcare reform. But experts say that the programs need to be introduced in a systemic …

Among Trillions in Federal Spending, Billions for Addiction Programs

President Barack Obama this week proposed a $3.6-trillion federal budget for fiscal year 2010, an announcement that overshadowed House approval of a more immediately significant omnibus appropriations bill for FY2009 that included major funding for addiction-related programs.The $410-billion appropriations bill, approved …

New Hazelden Survey Finds Strong Support for Treatment, Recovery

Advocates who say addiction should be treated as a public-health issue and not a criminal problem have broad public support, according to the results of a new survey from Hazelden that also found that about one in three families include …

Stimulus Package Has No Funds for Addiction Block Grant

The $819-billion economic stimulus plan recently approved by the House of Representatives included tax cuts, aid to states and a myriad of other spending from infrastructure improvement to job programs — but not the direct funding for alcohol and other …

Obama Names Ed Jurith as Interim Drug Czar

Edward H. Jurith, the longtime lead lawyer for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), has been named the interim director of the agency by President Barack Obama. Obama announced the appointment on Jan. 20 — Inauguration …

Final Bush National Drug Control Strategy Released

As Barack Obama was inaugurated with great fanfare and drug czar John Walters and other Bush Administration officials exited the halls of power in Washington, D.C., the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy quietly released the 2009 National …