Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, joined Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-California; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, leaders of the International Narcotics Control Caucus, among others, in a call on the President Donald Trump administration to maintain funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the fiscal 2018 budget.
The letter underscored the valuable nature of the anti-drug programs administered by the agency and cited the previous success of the office in preventing use of illicit drugs in American communities.
“Health care, lost productivity and criminal justice costs associated with addiction are estimated to cost $193 billion annually, whereas every $1 invested in prevention yields a savings of up to $10. Therefore, we must invest in effective prevention programs and continue to support the Drug Free Communities program,” the senators wrote. “Since its inception, the program has achieved statistically significant reductions in youth drug use. We must also maintain strong law enforcement efforts to address the trafficking of these dangerous substances. In 2014 alone, the 28 existing [High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas] dismantled 2,880 drug trafficking organizations.”
The letter was also signed by Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Dick Durbin, D-Illinois; Al Franken, D-Minnesota; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota; Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island.
The full text of the letter can be found at bit.ly/2pCx0PB.