USIS Washington 

08 February 1999


(Record counter-drug spending proposed)  (1050)

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Gore unveiled the administration's 1999
National Drug Control Strategy, the White House announced February 8.

President Clinton is asking Congress to raise spending to stop illicit
drugs by $735 million to a total of $17,800 million during the fiscal
year that begins October 1, said a White House fact sheet.

Following is the text of the fact sheet.

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Office of the Vice President
February 8, 1999

Today Vice President Gore will release the 1999 National Drug Control
Strategy, a comprehensive long-term plan to reduce drug use and
availability to historic new lows. The Strategy is backed by a $17.8
billion counter-drug budget -- the largest ever presented to Congress.
The Vice President will also highlight the extraordinary efforts of
the private sector to join forces with the successful Youth Anti-Drug
Media Campaign to get the right message on drugs to kids, parents, and
teachers. A Long Term Commitment to Fight Drugs.

Year in and year out, the Clinton-Gore Administration has proposed the
largest anti-drug budgets ever, helping to increase federal
counter-drug spending by nearly 40 percent between FY 93 and FY 99.
Our sustained effort is having an impact:
-- overall drug use is half the level it was at its peak in the

-- drug-related murders are down by 40 percent since 1992;

-- the first-ever paid anti-drug media campaign has been launched
nationwide; and

-- youth drug use is on the decline for the second year in a row.

The 1999 National Drug Control Strategy builds on this progress and
takes the next steps to reduce drug use and availability across the
board. Keeping Kids the Number One Priority.

If our children can make it to adulthood free of substance abuse, the
vast majority will avoid addiction for the rest of their lives. That
is why the first goal of the Strategy is to educate and enable kids to
reject drugs. And while recent studies show declining youth drug use
in 1997 and 1998, we have more work to do. The Clinton-Gore Strategy
and FY 2000 budget reflect a strong commitment to meeting this
challenge: -- $195 Million for National Youth Anti-Drug Media
Campaign. The President's budget continues this unprecedented, 5-year
campaign to use the full power of the mass media to educate millions
of young people, parents, teachers and mentors about the dangers of
drugs. In just six months, the private sector has joined our national
effort and made over $165 million in matching contributions -- helping
us to reach even more people by creating their own anti-drug ads,
producing shows about drug prevention, and giving scores of non-profit
organizations free air time to run their drug-related messages. --
$590 Million for Safe and Drug-Free Schools. In addition to calling
for increased funds, the President is committed to reforming the Safe
and Drug-Free Schools Program to make it even more effective. The
President's proposal will require schools to adopt rigorous,
comprehensive school safety plans that include tough, but fair
discipline policies; safe passage to and from schools; effective drug
and violence policies and programs; annual school safety and drug use
report cards; and links to after school programs. Breaking the Iron
Link Between Drugs and Crime.

A third of state prisoners and one in five federal prisoners commit
their crimes under the influence of drugs. Nearly 20 percent of state
prisoners and 15 percent of federal inmates commit their crimes to buy
drugs. The President's budget provides new resources for states and
localities to break crime-committing addicts of their addictions and
reduce recidivism: -- $215 Million for Zero Tolerance Drug
Supervision. The President proposes the most comprehensive drug
supervision ever to help keep offenders drug-and crime-free: $100
million in new funds to help states and localities to drug test,
treat, and sanction prisoners, parolees and probationers; $50 million
to expand innovative drug courts; and $65 million for residential drug
treatment for prisoners with the most serious drug problems. --
Strengthening law enforcement. One of the Strategy's goals is to
increase the safety of America's citizens by substantially reducing
drug-related crime and violence. To help keep crime coming down to
record low levels, the President's budget includes: -- $1.275 Billion
for a 21st Century Policing Initiative, to help communities hire,
redeploy and retain up to 50,000 law enforcement officers with an
effort to target crime and drug "hot spots"; to equip officers with
the latest crime-fighting technologies; and to engage entire
communities to work together to prevent and fight crime. -- $22
Million Increase for DEA Drug Intelligence, including $13 million to
assist the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) with its efforts to automate
and improve access to critical law enforcement and intelligence
information, and $9 million to support investigations to dismantle
drug trafficking organizations.
Closing the Treatment Gap.

Dependence on drugs exacts an enormous toll in individuals, their
families, businesses, communities, and the nation. Treatment can help
end dependence on addictive drugs -- and its destructive consequences.
To help make treatment available to more Americans in need, the
President's budget provides: -- $85 Million to Increase Drug
Treatment. The President's budget provides an additional $55 million
in Targeted Capacity Grants to expand the availability of drug
treatment to meet existing or emerging needs, and $30 million more for
the Substance Abuse Block Grant -- the backbone of federal efforts to
help states and localities reduce the gap between those seeking
treatment and the capacity of the public treatment system. Stopping
Drugs at the Border and Breaking Foreign Sources of Supply
The Strategy will help shield our borders and strengthen multinational
cooperation on drugs by including: -- $50 Million Increase for the
Southwest Border. The President's budget includes additional funds for
INS to deploy "force multiplying" technology, such as infrared and
color cameras and ground sensors to aid Border Patrol enforcement and
drug interdiction efforts. -- $29 Million More for International
Programs to fund the State Department's International Narcotics Law
Enforcement Affairs' efforts in the Andean countries, and Mexico, and
to provide assistance to enhance multinational cooperation in our
anti-drug efforts. (end text)