Obama Deputy Drug Control Czar David Mineta to Address IADDA Annual Conference

President Barack Obama meets with Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske in the Oval Office, May 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(Chicago, IL) – August 19, 2010. The Obama Administration’s newly-appointed Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director of Drug Demand Reduction, David Mineta, will present a plenary session at the Illinois Alcoholism Drug Dependence Association Annual Conference in the Chicago-area on September 17, 2010.

Mineta will discuss the White House’s 2010 National Drug Control Strategy and how this affects prevention and treatment providers around the country, as well as many other issues including healthcare reform and the importance of prevention programs.

Released on May 11, 2010, the Administration’s strategy establishes five-year goals for reducing drug use.

“This Strategy calls for a balanced approach to confronting the complex challenge of drug use and its consequences,” said President Barack Obama on the day of its release.

“By boosting community-based prevention, expanding treatment, strengthening law enforcement, and working collaboratively with our global partners, we will reduce drug use and the great damage it causes in our communities.”

The 2010 Strategy highlights a collaborative and balanced approach that emphasizes community-based prevention, integration of evidence-based treatment into the mainstream health care system, innovations in the criminal justice system to break the cycle of drug use and crime, and international partnerships to disrupt transnational drug trafficking organizations.

“This strategy incorporates drug control policies mayors have been advocating for many years,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors Executive Director Tom Cochran.

Mineta was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2010. In his new position, Mineta focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as the agency’s newly created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction.

Mineta has long experience working with community-based organizations.

Since 1996, he Mineta has worked with Asian American Recovery Services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Mineta started as a manager of a youth prevention program, but rose quickly to associate director and, since 2007, deputy director.

“We are excited to have Mr. Mineta at the 2010 conference,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe.

The IADDA conference will be held the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois. Mineta’s plenary session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Advisor Presents at Panel in Lisle on “State of Addiction Healthcare”

(Lisle, IL) – September 29, 2009. White House special advisor Dr. Kevin Sabet participated in a policy panel discussion in Lisle today to address the challenges and opportunities that face the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Sabet, 30, a special advisor for policy and strategic planning at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, joined two other panelists to discuss the “State of Addiction Healthcare” in Illinois and the U.S.

The panel presentation was hosted by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) as part of its annual conference.

“We are pleased that the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy recognizes our work and that someone of Dr. Kevin Sabet’s stature joined our conference,” said Sara Howe, CEO of IADDA.

Sabet, who joined President Barack Obama’s Administration in August, previously worked on policy and speechwriting at White House drug control office from 2003-2004 and 2000 in both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton Administrations, making him one of the youngest people to have served in the last three Administrations as a political appointee.

In addition to Sabet, the other panelists included Paul Samuels, Director and President, Legal Action Center and Lonnetta Albright, Director, Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center.