The National Drug Control Strategy - The Cost Of Drug Abuse, Origins Of The National Strategy, The Federal Drug Budget, Highlights Of The Current Strategy
Drug dependence is a chronic, relapsing disorder that exacts an enormous cost on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and nations.
Addicted individuals frequently engage in self-destructive and criminal behavior. Treatment can help them end dependence on addictive drugs. Treatment programs also reduce the consequences of addiction on the rest of society. Providing treatment for America's chronic drug users is both compassionate public policy and a sound investment.
—National Drug Control Strategy, 2001, Office of National Drug Control Policy
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a part of the White House, issued a report in 2004 on the economic costs of drug abuse, The Economic Costs of Drug Abuse in the United States: 1992-2002 (http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/economic_costs/economic_costs.pdf). The report included such costs as
those to the health care system; the cost of crime associated with drug abu…
The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (PL 100-690) established the creation of a drug-free America as a U.S. policy goal. As part of this initiative, Congress established the Office of National Drug Control Policy in order "to set priorities and objectives for national drug control, promulgate The National Drug Control Strategy on
an annual basis, and oversee the strategy's implementation.…
Table 10.4 presents an overview of drug control spending in the federal budget. In its 2002 National Drug Control Strategy, the ONDCP published budget requests for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 of $19.2 billion. A year later the FY 2003 budget had shrunk to $11.4 billion. This change was not the consequence of a severe cut in the drug
budget but, rather, the consequence of a one-time reorganization of the…
The 2004 National Drug Control Policy, which features the FY 2005 budget request, takes as its main theme performance-based management of the drug problem in America. One element of this is the already-described reorganization of the budget categories so that actual control activities are featured, rather than expenditures
forced on the nation by the fact that people use and trade in drugs. The ma…
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