Athlete Offers Story for Drug Abuse Plan

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Facing his last few weeks in the White House, President Bush is now making strides to tackle drug abuse in America.

Bush met Thursday with experts, ex-users and religious leaders to discuss his three-fold strategy against the problem--to reduce demand, halt supply and rehabilitate addicts.

"There will be more work done after I'm out of here, but we have laid the foundation for a successful effort against drug use, drug supply and helping those who have been addicted," he said.

Josh Hamilton, a Texas Ranger outfielder and recovering addict, spoke out at the event about his recovery.

"I shared a little bit of my story and told them how much easier it is for me to stand clean because I'm held accountable at such a higher level," he said.

Click play for more of Hamilton's comments earlier this year in a 700 Club interview.

The 27-year-old was out of baseball for three years battling addictions to cocaine and alcohol. He admitted wasting $100,000 on drugs in six weeks.

After turning his life around, Hamilton led the American League this past season with 130 RBIs and hit .304 with 32 home runs.

Bush has spoken openly about his drinking habit in the past, saying, "I understand addiction." The President gave up drinking after his 40th birthday.

Over the past several weeks, Bush has highlighted his positive efforts in office, including his campaign to combat the spread of AIDS, his record in the Middle East and his doctrine of pre-emptive military action.

Source: Associated Press

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