February 8, 1999


Our Administration's 1999 National Drug Control Strategy is a comprehensive, long-term strategy, with more money for drug testing and treatment ... better drug-law enforcement in our communities and better drug control on our borders ... and better anti-drug education for young people.

Vice President Al Gore
February 8, 1999

Today at the White House, Vice President Al Gore will release the 1999 National Drug Control Strategy, a comprehensive plan to reduce drug use and availability to historic new lows. The Clinton-Gore Administration's drug control strategy is backed by a $17.8 billion anti-drug budget proposal -- the largest ever -- to reduce drug usage among adults and youth alike and stem the flow of drugs into our country.

A Historic Commitment To Fighting Drugs And Protecting Our Children. The Clinton-Gore Administration has helped increase federal counter-drug efforts by 40 percent since 1993. This sustained effort is having an impact on drug use and drug related crime in America. Overall drug use is down since its peak in the 1970's, drug-related murders have fallen 40 percent since 1992, and youth drug use is on the decline for the second straight year. The 1999 National Drug Control Strategy builds on this record of success and keeps the focus on educating children about the dangers of drugs:

Strengthening Law Enforcement To Continue the Fight Against Drugs. To help keep crime rates low, the President's budget includes:

Zero Tolerance For Prisoner Drug Use. The President's budget provides new resources for states and localities to break crime-committing addicts of their addictions and reduce the number of criminals who commit crimes after they are released. The President is proposing the most comprehensive drug supervision program ever to help keep offenders drug-and crime-free: (1) $100 million in new funds to help states and localities to drug test, treat, and sanction prisoners, parolees and probationers; (2) $50 million to expand innovative drug courts, and (3) $65 million for residential drug treatment for prisoners with serious drug problems.

Closing The Treatment Gap. Treatment can help end dependance on addictive drugs -- and their destructive consequences. The President's budget provides $85 million to increase drug treatment, including: 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.

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