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ONDCPONDCP Newsletter – December 2014

Welcome to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) E-Newsletter Update. In this issue:

  • December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
  • An update on Acting Director Botticelli’s Nomination hearing
  • Drug-Free Communities New Grantee Conference
  • The White House celebrates World AIDS Day
  • NIDA infographic: Marijuana Use & Educational Outcomes

Recognizing National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

President Obama has declared December as  National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Throughout this month, ONDCP is working with the Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to raise awareness of drugged driving and encourage stakeholders to engage in prevention activities. See a complete calendar of events  here.

JOIN US TONIGHT: ONDCP, along with the NTSB,  the National Organizations for Youth Safety,  Students Against Destructive Decisions,  Youth to Youth International,  Family Career and Community Leaders of America and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, will host a Twitter chat for teens on Thursday, December 11, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Follow the chat and invite young people you know or work with to participate using  #DruggedDriving at  @ONDCP.

For information about the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program, an online resource that provides law enforcement with training on how to identify impaired drivers, click here.
Update on Acting Director Botticelli’s Nomination Hearing

On November 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the President’s nomination of ONDCP Acting Director Michael Botticelli to be Director of National Drug Control Policy. ONDCP is now awaiting a vote from the Committee to move the nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. If confirmed, Acting Director Botticelli will be the first ONDCP Director from the public health arena who is himself in long-term recovery.

For a full bio of Acting Director Botticelli, click  here.

To read the Acting Director’s formal remarks to the Committee, click  here.

Drug-Free Communities Grantee Conference

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. For three days earlier this month, Acting Director Botticelli and ONDCP staff participated in the Drug-Free Communities New Grantee conference in Washington, D.C. More than 400 representatives from 197 new DFC-funded community coalitions and 3 new DFC Mentoring coalitions also participated.

To learn more about the DFC Program, click  here.

White House Celebrates World AIDS Day

On December 1, the White House joined the community of advocates, researchers, CEOs, and governmental
leaders engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS to celebrate World AIDS Day. The Nation came together to honor those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising research being done to combat the virus. The event was commemorated with a Presidential Proclamation and a large red ribbon hung from the White House North Portico. Making good on this year’s World AIDS Day theme – “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation” – the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced new partnerships and initiatives to accelerate efforts to sustainably control the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injection drug use represented 14 percent of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2008 and 10 percent of new infections in 2012.1 Among persons living with diagnosed HIV infection, injection drug use was identified as the transmission category in 24
percent of cases in 2008 and estimated at 21 percent in 2011.2 Globally, 35 million people are living with
HIV, including 1.2 million in the United States. The fight against HIV/AIDS continues.

World AIDS Day


Click  here  to learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to get tested.
Click  here  for the PEPFAR press release.
Click  here  for the latest PEPFAR results.
Click  here  for the Presidential Proclamation.

NIDA Infographic: Marijuana Use & Educational Outcomes

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released an infographic on marijuana use and educational outcomes that provides up-to-date information on what research findings show about student drug use and academic life. To learn more and to view or download the infographic, click  here.

ONDCP Marijuana brain


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1 The combined transmission category “Injection Drug Use” (IDU) includes male IDUs, female IDUs, and “male-to-male sex and IDU.” ONDCP calculations from Table 1a in:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report, 2012; vol. 24 (November 2014)
2 ONDCP calculations using male IDUs, female IDUs, and “male-to-male sex and IDU” from Table 14a in:  Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report, 2012; vol. 24 (November 2014)