Monday, August 28, 2006

Government anti-drug ads are a waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2006
CONTACT: Tom Angell – (202) 293-4414 or tom//at//ssdp.org

GAO: Government Anti-Drug Ads Don’t Work

Congressional Auditors Say Budget Should be Slashed

WASHINGTON, DC – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) ruled on Friday that the White House’s $1.2 billion anti-drug ad campaign is not only ineffective, but encourages some teens to try drugs. The GAO, Congress’s auditing arm, recommended that funding for the ads be cut despite President Bush’s request for another $120 million to produce more ads next year.

“Young people see right through the government’s offensive propaganda campaign,” said Kris Krane, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. “We hate being lied to, and these ads clearly stretch the truth. It’s no wonder the government’s efforts have a boomerang effect.”

Some of the popular ads, produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), claim that using marijuana supports terrorism, causes people to shoot their friends in the face, run over little girls on bikes, and become pregnant.

The GAO, in examining the methodology of a federally-funded long-term evaluation of the ads, found “no evidence of a positive outcome” and “significant unfavorable effects,” including that “greater exposure to the campaign was associated with weaker anti-drug norms and increases in the perceptions that others use marijuana.”

The ads have also been criticized as ineffective and counterproductive by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Republican Study Committee, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the National Taxpayers Union, and Citizens Against Government Waste, among others.

After the federally-funded study repeatedly showed unfavorable results, ONDCP cut funding for the evaluation and prevented pending reports from being released.

SSDP hosts an online action system where citizens can ask Congress to cut funding for the ads. The group recently ran a parody of an ONDCP ad in a popular music magazine, highlighting the ineffectiveness of the government campaign. See http://www.ssdp.org/ads for more information.

The GAO report can be viewed at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06818.pdf

Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a national organization with college and high school chapters, is committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems.

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Here's SSDP's spoof anti-drug ad featuring footage from "Snakes on a Plane":

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

Dya spose I could send them a copy of my drug ed curriculum. In that book I tell the readers about all the lies authority figures tell them - in the first chapter. Just cuz they lie to you doesn't mean ya should messup yer life.

What I find ironic is that drug abuse occurs when people feel isolated and stigmatized. So what's the gubmint's solution: force users into criminal underground through criminalization.

Researched the start of morphine addiction. Happens to be war related. Nowadays we know about PTS and how difficult it is to socialize after being in war. Those who failed became addicted to morphine. Instead of spending money on resocialization they blames the devil drug morphine for all those problems.

Surfaced in this country right after the Civil War. Morphine was still a wonderful drug - but with a bad [undeserved] reputation. That's why heroin was developed: to utilize the opiods without using morphine. Great painkiller just like morphine - only it wasn't that much different. Same with methadone. It's sort of like trying to cure the spots in chicken pox instead of the disease.

A book about drug problems written by someone with a BS in history? How stupid! It should be written by a pharmacist or doctor. Why would anyone want to know anything about history? Just make up the facts to fit the policy. BTW, drug ed is NOT written by pharmacists or doctors either - just copied from DEA propaganda.