National Drug Control Strategy

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“Each year the President develops the National Drug Control Strategy, which is the Nation’s plan for combating the use and availability of illicit drugs. The National Drug Control Strategy—Budget Summary identifies resources that support the three key elements of the Strategy: (1) Stopping Use Before it starts; (2) Intervening and Healing America’s Drug Users; and, (3) Disrupting the Market. The Budget Summary demonstrates a balanced approach to drug control policy, where activities to reduce the demand for narcotics are augmented by efforts to stem their supply” (FY 2008). The total drug budget adds up to $ 12,961 billion.

The President believes the most effective way to reduce the supply of drugs in America is to reduce the demand for drugs in America by stopping drug use before it starts. My Budget would include $3 billion for the media campaign, which attempts to educate young people about drug use and its consequences through targeted, paid messages in both the traditional mass media and on other media like the Internet, to prevent the illegal use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by youth. Adolescents are often reluctant to talk with adults about drugs and alcohol and they may have difficulty finding counseling and treatment in their own communities. Reduce drug use among adolescents is very important because facts state,” one third of adolescents aged 12 to 17 drank alcohol in the past year, one fifth used an illicit drug, and one sixth smoked cigarettes” (the OAS report). This would also include awards for National Youth Anti- Drug Media Campaign. Students would get their knowledge of drugs, and crime through these campaigns, in school there would be special time dedicated to introduce and inform students about substance use facts. Therefore, preventing the drug problem before it starts is very important because it would educate students and many others.

Local efforts by themselves are not enough. Disrupting the drug trade remains an essential part of...
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