Pubdate: Fri, 08 Feb 2002
Source: New York Daily News (NY)
Copyright: 2002 Daily News, L.P.
Author: Anthony Scro
Bookmark: (Terrorism)
Bookmark: (ONDCP Media Campaign)


Whitestone: The federal Office of National Drug Control Policy landed a 
couple of cheap shots on the public during the worldwide telecast of the 
Super Bowl.

Its public service announcements during the game capitalized on the tragic 
events of Sept. 11, telling young drug users that they are supporting 
terrorists and drug smugglers through this behavior. In light of the 
patriotic fervor sweeping the country, it is not helpful to intimate that 
our young people are involved in disloyal activities. For people who are 
developing a serious substance abuse problem, it can only add to the stress 
and blame, which can be a trigger for more use.

What is even more interesting was that these announcements took place 
during a show that featured many Budweiser beer commercials promoting the 
use of alcohol, a legal drug.

Anthony Scro, Advocates for the Betterment of Addiction Treatment and 
Education (ABATE)
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