WASHINGTON, D.C.—Office of National Drug Control Policy
Director John P. Walters testified before the House
Government Reform Committee today on President George W.
Bush's FY 2006 Federal drug budget.
"Today, I am proud to report that teen drug use has
declined 17 percent over the past three years, exceeding
the President's goal of reducing teen drug use by 10
percent in two years," Director Walters continued,
"Because of these reductions there are now 600,000 fewer
teens using drugs than there where in 2001."
President's fiscal year 2006 budget increases funding
levels for drug programs throughout the federal
government. The Administration has asked for an increase
of $268.4 million, bringing the total federal drug budget
in FY 2006 up to $12.4 billion. The FY 2005 enacted level
was $12.2 billion.
Director Walters credited the significant reductions in
teenage drug use to a balanced strategy that coordinates
the various federal programs that are funded by Congress.
"There are many effective programs within the Federal
Government that focus on reducing illegal drug trafficking
and abuse, ranging from the Andean Counterdrug Initiative,
the National Youth Anti-drug Media Campaign, Student Drug
Testing, Drug Courts, to Access to Recovery. The success
that these programs are achieving would not have been
possible if not for Congressional leadership, and the
desire to protect all Americans from the dangers of
illegal drug use."