Bush Endorses Push To Curb Online Prescription Drug Sales


President Bush, citing a rise in overdoses, wants Congress to pass legislation restricting online sales of powerfully addictive prescription drugs, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has introduced the bill that Bush champions. In a national radio address, Bush said his drug policy had reduced youth drug consumption by 24 percent since 2001. That progress has been counterbalanced by the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said prescription medications were the drug of choice for 12- and 13-year-olds. He said that by some estimates 2,500 young people start to use such drugs every day. Most young people obtained the drugs from family or friends, usually out of a medicine cabinet.

Walters said drug traffic appeared to be going increasingly to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. “It’s a huge danger and a growing danger to Venezuela, to Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S.,” Walters said. Bush estimated that 860,000 fewer young Americans are using drugs today than in 2002, when the administration launched its anti-drug efforts. He said marijuana use was down 25 percent, Ecstasy use dropped by more than 50 percent, and meth consumption dipped 64 percent.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bush2mar02,1,7706013.story

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