Statement on the Recommendations of the National Drug Policy Board
Today Attorney General Edwin Meese, Chairman of the National Drug Policy Board, presented me with the Board's report in response to my request for additional recommendations to strengthen our national drug policy. Next week I plan to approve an administration package that will be presented to the bipartisan executive-legislative drug task force.
The Board's excellent work builds upon the solid foundation already laid by this administration's strategy to reduce the supply and demand for illegal drugs. These recommendations send a strong message to drug-law offenders, including users and traffickers. I join the Chairman in emphasizing that we cannot tolerate criminals who violate our borders, terrorize our communities, or poison our citizens. Likewise, we cannot tolerate drug users who provide the illegal market for the drugs or who benefit from the taxpayers' generosity through Federal grants, contracts, or loans. We must hold people responsible for their drug use through accountable treatment programs and through our parole and probations systems. This problem touches all of us at home, at school, at work, whether in government or in the private sector.
recommendations of the Drug Policy Board are intended to strengthen
first, a drug free work force, both in the Government and in the private sector, through measures such as random drug testing and effective treatment programs;
second, drug free schools through
third, expanded drug treatment accountability to ensure through testing that those programs eliminate drug use and move toward drug free environments;
fourth, expanded international cooperation through
interdiction, joint detection, apprehension, and eradication programs,
including a coordinated role for the
fifth, strengthened law enforcement with essential tools, such as the Federal death penalty for drug-related murders;
sixth, expanded public awareness of the dangers of drug use by working together at all levels.
In addition, it is imperative for the Congress to restore hundreds of millions in cuts in our law enforcement budget requests and expeditiously pass legislation needed to successfully implement our drug strategy. The Drug Policy Board recommendations are a good starting point to pull together so that we can stop the sale and use of illegal drugs.