The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will unveil the results of the latest (2010) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) at a press conference on Thursday, September 8.
This is an annual affair where, prior to letting the rest of the world see the data, they painstakingly go through it and cherry-pick statistics that bolster their policies in contradictory ways.
They will find one data point that has gone down since the last report and proclaim it as proof that our drug policies work!
They’ll find another data point that has gone up since the last report and soberly point out that this means that we have to apply our drug policies even more stringently.
And those members of the press who are mindless drones (fewer than there used to be, but still way too many) will actually report that as news.
Whatever the numbers say, the presentation on Thursday will conclude that we’re doing all the right things and we just need to do more of them.
At the press conference:
* Pamela S. Hyde, Administrator, SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
* Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
* Westley Clark, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA, HHS
* Thomas S. Gilbert, CAADC, CEO/President TouchStone Intervention & Professional Services and person in long-term recovery
* Sandra Huffman, person in long-term recovery
* Mildred M. Minor, Program Coordinator at Arlington Recovery Empowerment Center, Arlington VA and person in recovery from depression
There will, however, be nobody at the press conference who doesn’t have an anti-drug agenda, or who is interested in the entire picture.