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Congress Grows Impatient with ONDCP
    #4466887 - 07/29/05 12:56 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Congress Grows Impatient with ONDCP
7/28/05 intox.com

Key members of Congress are expressing frustration over a perceived lack of leadership from the drug czar's office and are demanding that the White House do more to fight the spread of methamphetamine, the Oregonian reported July 27.

Under the Bush administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has made marijuana use its top concern. But legislative leaders like Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) say that the agency has been slow to address the explosion of meth use across the country.

"This committee is trying desperately to say, 'Lead! You're the executive branch,'" said Souder, who chairs the Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee.

At a hearing this week, Souder and others on the subcommittee said that ONDCP should ditch its current anti-drug strategy in favor of emergency action against meth. "It's the most dangerous drug in America, and we want ONDCP to acknowledge it," said Souder.

Deputy Drug Czar Scott Burns said the agency would do more to battle meth nationally. "I'll deliver the message, congressman," Burns said. "I hear you loud and clear."

ONDCP officials took flack for recent comments where they defended the agency's focus on marijuana over meth. "The meth issue is totally out of hand," said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.). "We need a plan. I don't hear anything that sounds like a plan. This needs to be done on an emergency, expedited basis."

Added Rep. Tom Osborne (R-Neb.): "Meth is the biggest threat to the United States, maybe even including al-Qaida."

Still, Burns continued to press the case for focusing on marijuana, saying more teens are in treatment for marijuana use than any other drug. He also said that police in the Northeast -- who he said are primarily concerned with heroin use -- "would laugh if we told them there was a meth epidemic."


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Re: Congress Grows Impatient with ONDCP [Re: pshawny]
    #4471533 - 07/29/05 11:06 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Still, Burns continued to press the case for focusing on marijuana, saying more teens are in treatment for marijuana use than any other drug. He also said that police in the Northeast -- who he said are primarily concerned with heroin use -- "would laugh if we told them there was a meth epidemic."

What a short-sighted nincompoop! Marijuana is more of a problem than meth!? Meth is many times more addicting, easy to overdose on, neurotoxic, not to mention the manufacture of it is dangerous to the workers and the environment.

Yet...pot is more important, because there are more people in treatment? That's the oldest argument in the book. Probably 90% of them are there on court order.

Politics can be so frustrating.


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