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The Deputy Director for Demand Reduction is appointed by the
President and is responsible for providing direction to the Office, which
oversees and undertakes activities to reduce the demand for drugs,
including: drug education, drug
prevention, drug treatment and
related efforts for the rehabilitation of persons addicted to drugs,
research on drug use, its precursors, and its consequences, evaluation of
program effectiveness, and the development of drug treatment medications.
Specific activities include recommending policy directions, conducting
analyses, issuing guidance based on review of research literature,
periodically convening expert panels to assess state-of-the-art
approaches to reducing the demand for drugs, developing or refining
strategies for demand reduction, and promoting initiatives and priorities
of the National Drug Control Strategy. The
Deputy Director for Demand Reduction also serves as chair of the Prevention,
Treatment, and Medical Research Subcommittee of ONDCP's Research, Data, and
Evaluation Advisory Committee.