The recession has also eroded public health resources, including educational and treatment programs, he added.
But, "while the economic hardship from which we are slowly emerging may help explain disturbing trends in drug use, it certainly does not justify them," Katz said. "The insidious threat of drug use requires our constant vigilance, and our constant allocation of resources."
To see the full report, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration .
SOURCES: Gil Kerlikowske, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
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