Proposed Budget Slashes Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment Services

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The 2007 White House budget proposal seeks to cut approximately $360 million from alcohol and drug abuse-related programs

When the President released his proposal for the 2007 federal budget it was revealed that several programs involving drug prevention and treatment are targeted for reduction or elimination.

Among those hit include a combined $36.2 million cut for the Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention and a staggering $322 million blow to the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities programs. In addition, the entire $9.1 million for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Demand Reduction Program was removed.

“Effective drug treatment and prevention programs are the cornerstones to helping individuals and communities overcome the devastation of substance abuse,” comments Gary W. Smith, CEO of Narconon Arrowhead, which is a leading drug rehabilitation and education center that helps people from all over the country every year. As one of the largest and most successful programs in the nation, it uses the effective drug-free approach to rehabilitation developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.

Smith continues, “Reducing funding for these activities could result in many lives lost.”

However, budget cuts were not suggested for all areas, as an additional $21 million was asked for the National Anti-Drug Media Campaign and another $59.3 million for Drug Court funding.

Earlier this year a government release promoted a study that showed anti-drug media messages are working for youth who are exposed to them, which is good news. The growth of the drug court system effectiveness has also been praised in many states and the extra funding could open up many more drug courts to deal with non-violent substance abuse offenders and monitor their progress.

Budget and political analysts have been scurrying to report their take on the proposal in different sectors of public funding, but the proposals undoubtedly will be changed considerably by Congress before being fully adopted later this year. This leaves hope for those in the treatment and prevention field supported solely by government money, as well as other non-profits who will undoubtedly shoulder the increased demand for services.

For more information about the substance abuse treatment and prevention portions of the 2007 budget proposal, visit the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America at http://www.cadca.org. To get help for a loved one in need of effective alcohol or drug rehabilitation, contact Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or log on to http://www.stopaddiction.com.

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