|FOR IMMEDIATE RLEASE
March 1, 2004
On March 1, 2004 President Bush announced his 2004 National Drug Control
Strategy Campaign, which will be presented to Congress. Within this document
the Mt. Hood Coalition Against Drug Crime was selected to be highlighted
as a successful program. The Presidents campaign notes in his opening
page of his strategy document:
OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY
MT. HOOD COALITION AGAINST DRUG CRIME
TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IN
2004 NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
I am transmitting the 2004 National Drug Control Strategy, consistent with the Office of National Drug Control Reauthorization Act of 1998 (21 U.S.C. 1705).
Two years ago, my Administration issued its National Drug Control Strategy setting forth a balanced approach to reducing drug use among teenagers and adults. The Strategy set ambitious two- and five-year performance-based goals; (i) to lower the rate of drug use by 10 percent over two years; and (ii) to lower the rate by 25 percent over five years. The success of the Strategy can be measured by its results.
I am pleased to report that we have exceeded our two-year goal of reducing drug use among young people. The most recent survey shows an 11 percent drop between 2001 and 2003 in the use of illicit drugs by teenagers. Among teens, some drugs such as LSD have dropped to record low levels of use. For others, we are seeing the lowest levels of use in almost a decade.
Despite this good news, drug addiction continues to challenge far too
many Americans. Addiction to drugs destroys ties of trust, family, and
friendship, and reduces all the richness of life to a single destructive
desire. Almost every American has known someone who has followed the self-destructive path of addiction. Too many Americans want to change a family members behavior, but are afraid of causing division and perhaps, estrangement.
Our Strategy proposes a remarkable and unprecedented array of drug control programs, treatment initiatives, and media campaign efforts. But more than any program, it seeks to engage the desire of all Americans to make this a better Nation, tracking down the lie of addiction, and offering the hope of recovery.
My administration will continue to place a high priority on reducing
drug addiction in America. I ask for your continued support in this
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE
MT. HOOD COALITION AGAINST DRUG CRIME:
Contact Liaison: Deputy Joel Manley
Public Information Office
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Dept.
Mount Hood Coalition Against Drug Crime
P.O. Box 1351 - Welches, OR 97067