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The War On (Prescription) Drugs

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Over the next few days, Tell Me More will take a closer look at the Obama administration's new drug policy and some of its treatment options. The United States has been fighting the "War on drugs" since Nixon's presidency. And while the popular drug of choice has changed — from LSD in the 1960s, heroin in the 1970s, crack cocaine in the 1980s, crystal meth in the 1990s to the current prevalent abuse of prescription drugs — it's not clear if the drug war is ending. With the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, the Obama administration is endorsing prevention, treatment and law enforcement to cut the rate of youth drug use by 15 percent in the next five years.

As we look at the new drug policy, we want to hear from you! Have you or a member of your family experienced drug treatment options that have worked ... or failed? And how has the ongoing war on drugs affected your life?