200 Groups Ask Trump To Save ‘Drug Czar’ Office

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Nearly 200 organizations have asked the Trump administration to retain the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The groups, in a release issued by the Addiction Policy Forum, says the agency, which is informally known as the “drug czar’s” office, should “continue to be a strong voice in the White House and a visible presence nationally.” The New York Times reported last weekend that ONDCP is among several high-profile government agencies that the White House plans to ask Congress to eliminate under new budget director Mick Mulvaney.

Among the arguments made by the groups is that ONDCP reduces waste and fraud by preventing duplicate programs and strategies among various agencies and that it oversees and coordinates “federal efforts to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, which has been the fastest growing drug epidemic in U.S. history.” The advocates maintain that the agency “holds all federal, state, and local agencies accountable for achieving specific goals to reduce drug trafficking, use, and other consequences.” Among specific programs overseen by ONDCP are the Drug Free Communities program and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. Signers of the plea include the American Correctional Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Major County Sheriffs of America, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Association of Counties, National District Attorneys Association, and Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities.

 

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