The President’s Drug Policy
The following is a summary of the President’s policy emphasizing on the President’s stated objectives. Stopping drug use before it starts, providing drug treatment, and attacking the economic basis of the drug trade are the main positions the President stressed. The President’s policy was analyzed by the important tasks played by law enforcement, schools and the community. The apprehension of major drug organizations will be explained how they attribute to the policy. The effectiveness of the President’s drug policy will also be evaluated.
The United States government projected $25 million to support schools in school-based drug testing and other drug-free programs. In 2003, many schools across the nation provided their own funding for student drug testing programs. The President wants to increase this program for 2005. He also wants to continue funding for ONDCP. This media campaign sends anti-drug messages to young adults via web sites, functions, and events on drug awareness. This approach will include information for parents and youth to encourage early intervention against drug use in 2005.
The President’s recommendation is to increase the funding to $80 million in fiscal year 2005. This new budget will be able to fund approximately 100 new local community anti-drug coalitions working to prevent substance abuse among young people. This program provides matching grant monies, with priority given to coalitions serving economically disadvantaged areas (President’s National Drug Control Strategy, 2004).
The President proposed an increase of $100.6 million in 2005 for substance abuse and drug treatment systems, such as clinical treatment or recovery services. Another anticipated budget increase is for drug court programs. With more monies, the extent and value of drug court services will increase. These programs are options to imprisonment with the goal of being drug-free.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) budget increased to 28.3 million. This increase will ensure NIDA’S continuing commitment to key research efforts, including basic research on the nature of addiction, development of science-based behavioral interventions, medications, development, and the rapid translation of research finding into practice. The National Prevention Research Initiative, Interventions, and Treatment for Current Drug Users Who Are Not Yet Addicted, and the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, are all examples of NIDA’s efforts (President’s National Drug Control Strategy, 2004).
The President also increased law enforcement budget. Efforts will increase to disrupt major drug trade organizations. DEA’s task will also include trafficking organizations on a consolidated target list given by the Attorney General.