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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bob Weiner / Jennifer de Vallance / Rafael Lemaitre
202-395-6618
FEBRUARY 28, 2001

BUSH ADMINISTRATION REQUESTS INCREASES IN DRUG FUNDING FOR PREVENTION, TREATMENT, INTERDICTION, AND ANDEAN ASSISTANCE

Washington, D.C.—President Bush yesterday announced that he will request increases in the federal drug budget in order to enhance community prevention efforts, access to drug treatment, and international drug control programs. The President's preliminary budget request for FY 2002 includes approximately $19 billion in total federal drug control funding. Edward H. Jurith, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) said, "The President's budget will allow us to better protect our youth and our safety. The annual costs associated with drug abuse are estimated to exceed $100 billion and do not begin to measure the impact of lives lost, families torn apart, and opportunities wasted. President Bush's budget proposal provides critical resources for the people and programs fighting drug abuse every day."

The proposed budget would provide additional resources for treatment programs and reduce the gap between those individuals who need treatment and those who receive it. A requested increase of $111 million for drug treatment systems under the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice will expand access to proven treatment programs, including those administered by community-based and faith-based providers, while holding program participants strictly accountable for their progress.

The President's budget request also includes a $10 million increase in funding for the Drug-Free Communities Program, which supports comprehensive anti-drug coalitions that work at the grass-roots level to reduce drug abuse in their communities. Today 307 community anti-drug coalitions receive federal support and are developing local solutions to local drug threats. Also included in the prevention budget is $5 million ($25 million over five years) in matching funds for the creation of a Parent Drug Corps. The Corps will train thousands of parents across the country to reduce youth drug use and promote cooperation with other state and local anti-drug efforts.

A large portion of President Bush's preliminary budget request is dedicated to working with foreign allies against drugs. The 2002 budget request includes $624 million in support of Plan Colombia and the Andean region by sustaining alternative economic development programs, eradication and interdiction efforts, and support for justice and government reform initiatives. Furthermore, the proposed budget fully funds the Western Hemisphere Drug Elimination Act, with $278 million for upgrades to Coast Guard and Customs interdiction programs and equipment.

Major drug control initiatives funded in the president's preliminary budget include:

  • $50 million - $10 million more than in 2001 - for the Drug-Free Communities Program;
  • $5 million for the creation of the Parents Drug Corps;
  • $111 million increase in funding for drug treatment programs;
  • $624 million for continued support of Plan Colombia and Andean region initiatives;
  • $278 million for full funding of the Western Hemisphere Drug Elimination Act;
  • $5 million for the Drug-Free Workplace Program, an effort to help small businesses develop employee education programs and company drug policies;
  • $105 million increase for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (in an effort to double NIDA funding by 2003) for critical scientific research on drug abuse;
  • $50 million for drug courts, which combine judicial supervision, treatment, mandatory drug testing, and escalating sanctions to more effectively deal with low-level drug offenders
  • $40 million - an increase of $4 million - for the Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center, which provides new technology and state-of-the-art tools to enhance the interdiction capabilities of state and local law enforcement, as well as prevention and treatment technologies;
  • $50 million in additional funds to assist counties along the Southwest border with the cost of prosecuting and detaining drug traffickers;
  • $20 million to help state and local authorities clean up dangerous methamphetamine labs;
  • $5 million to establish a faith-based prison release pilot program to prevent recidivism of drug offenders; and
  • $1.6 billion - an increase of nine percent - for the DEA.

Additional information about the National Drug Control Strategy is available at: www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

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