2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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IN SUPPORT OF THE "ACCESS TO RECOVERY" TREATMENT INITIATIVE

WHEREAS, drug addiction is an illness which affects cities, large and small alike, and destroys communities, tears apart families, and wrecks individual lives; and

WHEREAS, a balanced strategy of demand and supply reduction is the best way to reduce illicit drug use and the consequences it brings; and

WHEREAS, drug treatment is an effective tool in overcoming drug addiction; and

WHEREAS, according to data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 100,000 people last year attempted to receive treatment but could not get it; and

WHEREAS, President Bush's drug control strategy calls for "healing America's drug users" and increases funding for drug treatment by $1.6 billion over the next five years; and

WHEREAS, President Bush recently announced his "Access to Recovery" initiative which will provide a three-year, $600 million commitment to treatment through a voucher system to increase treatment delivery, improve assessment and referral, and enlarge access to effective treatment programs; and

WHEREAS, this initiative complements existing alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs and will increase capacity and consumer choice; and

WHEREAS, this initiative will ensure that those struggling with addiction have access to a comprehensive continuum of treatment and support service options, including faith and community-based programs, and drug courts, to ensure these options are more readily available; and

WHEREAS, this initiative is an opportunity to forge a new partnership with community providers to increase access and demonstrate that treatment does work and that it can make a difference in many of our citizen's lives; and

WHEREAS, this initiative is part of a broader theme aiming to change the cultural conversation on drug use and treatment by increasing access to treatment, motivating drug dependent-persons to seek treatment, tearing down the stigma associated with recovery, and helping families and friends come to terms with the problems associated with addiction,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports President Bush's three-year "Access to Recovery" treatment initiative to help stem the rising social, cultural, physical, and economical costs of drug use in our communities.