ONDCP 1999 Drug Strategy to be Released This Saturday: Another "ten year plan" but a lot more of the same 2/13/98

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On Saturday, 2/14 President Clinton will announce the release of his 1999 Drug Strategy during his weekly radio address. The plan will include a budget of $17.1 billion. The Week Online has net seen the plan in its entirety, but some details are available. The plan envisions a 50% reduction in both the availability and the use of drugs in the US over the next 10 years. In a new twist, the 1999 plan calls for agencies involved in anti-drug efforts to develop and be held to productivity goals, such as number of seizures and arrests. These goals will be re-evaluated annually, but Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey told the Washington Post that there would be no mechanism for punishing agencies which fail to reach their stated goals, but instead he was counting on the news media and congressional oversight. There is no indication that goals relating to the protection of individual rights will be included in the plan.

Rob Stewart, a spokesman for the Drug Policy Foundation, told The Week Online, "Yet another ten year plan. What's new about this? Ten year plans have the advantage of insuring that no one who is in power now will be around to answer for the inevitable failure. It's totally meaningless. It's a way of trying to make believe that there has been a fresh start, and that no one ought to question the strategy for the next several years because it's somehow new and improved. The federal government is still suffering from the illusion that national drug use trends can be controlled from Washington."

The Drug Strategy will be posted by sometime this weekend at http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov.

You can visit the Drug Policy Foundation's web site at http://www.dpf.org.

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