John P. Walters
Director of the White House
Office of National Drug Control Policy
John P. Walters is the Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)—sworn
in on December 7, 2001. As the Nation's "Drug Czar," Director Walters coordinates
all aspects of Federal drug control programs and spending.
Under Director Walters' leadership, youth drug use has dropped to its lowest
levels since the early 1990s. The latest Monitoring the Future Study, released
in December, 2007, indicated that 860,000 fewer young people are using drugs
today than in 2001—a 24 percent reduction. Teen marijuana use has dropped
25 percent, teen methamphetamine use has plummented 64 percent, and teen ecstasy
and LSD use have declined 50 percent or more over the past five years.
Emphasizing the need for a balanced approach to reducing drug use, Director
Walters has overseen the creation and implementation of several key prevention
and treatment programs:
The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has been restructured to improve
More than 1,000 schools across the country now use the preventive power
of random student drug testing to help young people resist peer pressure
to use drugs and alcohol.
The number of community anti-drug coalitions supported by ONDCP has grown
to over 700.
The "Access to Recovery" treatment initiative is providing vouchers for
thousands of Americans struggling with addiction.
The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral and Treatment program
is engaging the Nation's health care system to diagnose and treat drug
abuse, with the Medicaid system now offering reimbursement for such services.
Director Walters has also worked with our international partners to make significant
progress in reducing the supply of illegal drugs:
The number of domestic methamphetamine labs have dropped 70 percent since
2004. Colombian cultivation of coca and production of cocaine have declined
steeply, as has cultivation of opium poppy and production of heroin.
Working with U.S. authorities, Mexico has demonstrated unprecedented resolve
to dismantle violent drug cartels.
Working with the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Director
Walters has focused on securing international cooperation in the control
of pseudoephedrine and other precursor chemicals used to produce synthetic
Prior to returning to ONDCP, Mr. Walters served as president of the Philanthropy
Roundtable. Previously he served at ONDCP as Chief of Staff and as Deputy Director
for Supply Reduction and worked in the U.S. Department of Education and the
National Endowment for the Humanities.