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Ex- White House Drug Spokesman Urges 'Double Drug Treatment'; Bob Weiner and Policy Analyst Zoe Pagonis Highlight 'Drug War's Wrong Focus'
Date:7/27/2009

WASHINGTON and BALTIMORE, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "With 20.8 million Americans needing treatment but unable to get it, Congress should double the $5 billion currently budgeted for treatment and prevention," say former White House Drug Policy Spokesman Bob Weiner and analyst Zoe Pagonis. They assert that "increasing drug treatment to stop the main catalyst of crime and save families would be an extraordinarily rational policy shift."

In an op-ed column in today's Baltimore Sun, "Drug War's Wrong Focus," Weiner and Pagonis contend, "This $5 billion investment translates to real savings of $35 billion for American taxpayers. According to a study commissioned by the U.S. Army, for every dollar invested in drug treatment, taxpayers save upward of $7 in crime-related reductions due to less incarceration and hospitalization."

They add, "The point here is not to disparage law enforcement -- a key part of the very real reductions in national crime and drug statistics -- but to add to essential treatment efforts that will get at the rest of the remaining serious problem."

Weiner and Pagonis say, "The Obama administration is proposing to spend an even higher percentage of its anti-drug resources on law enforcement. The 3.3 percent reduction in treatment and prevention initiatives exacerbates the bias toward enforcement, which now represents 65.6 percent of the budget -- even higher than the last administration's 62.3 percent."

"Treatment is cost-effective and works. Participants in the Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court were re-arrested 34.5 percent fewer times than other offenders, and the court found a 36 percent return on the initial $8 million investment."

"According to the Justice Department this May, 68 percent of arrestees in 10 cities tested positive for illegal drugs. As long as there are addicts and drug abusers, people will buy and sell drugs."

Weiner and Pagonis conclude, "President Barack Obama is right to increase the National Drug Control budget by $224.3 million, but the focus is not where it's needed most. If they really want to stop crime and prevent addiction, the administration and Congress need to give treatment and prevention programs far more standing in the nation's drug control budget."

LINK TO ARTICLE: www.weinerpublic.com/20090727.doc

Contact: Bob Weiner/Zoe Pagonis 301-283-0821 or 202-329-1700


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