Another Drug War Defeat

The War on Drugs isn’t going so well:

A $1.4 billion anti-drug advertising campaign conducted by the U.S. government since 1998 does not appear to have helped reduce drug use and instead might have convinced some youths that taking illegal drugs is normal, the Government Accountability Office says.

Of course, this doesn’t stop the President from requesting a $20 million increase in funding for the program. Even more idiotic is this response from the ONDCP:

The GAO report is “irrelevant to us,” says Tom Riley, spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). “It’s based on ads from 2 1/2 years ago, and they were effective, too. Drug use has been going down dramatically. Cutting the program now would imperil (its) progress.”

Every government agency expects additional funding each year, and if they don’t get it, they start the doomsday predictions. The War on Drugs has been a massive failure, and it is time to ignore the bureaucrats and pull the plug.

Via SayUncle

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