DON’T dump the Drug Czar
DO save the ONDCP
Drug overdose kills more than 52,000 Americans a year—more than cancer, more than auto accidents.
A cohesive national anti-addiction policy is essential.
But the Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the part of your White House that oversees
the nation’s anti-drug efforts, is on the hit list of the Budget Office, along with PBS, Americorps, and the National Endowments.
Eliminating ONDCP will save roughly $25 million for salaries, expenses, and policy research, and denyabout $350 million to critical drug control programs.
This is penny wisdom and pound folly at its worst.
-Mitchell S. Rosenthal, MD