Pubdate: Thu, 30 Oct 2003
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA)
Copyright: 2003 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Author: Abi Ludwig
Cited: Office of National Drug Control Policy ( )
Bookmark: (ONDCP Media Campaign)
Bookmark: (Opinion)


The Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug 
Campaign is up for refunding. If you're wondering what your $150 million a 
year has bought, just think back to those ridiculous ads during the Super 
Bowl that suggested marijuana can get girls pregnant or result in teens 
accidentally shooting one another.

Lying about the real effects of drugs and drug abuse does not equip our 
children with the knowledge needed to make critical decisions in their 
lives, including about taking drugs. In fact, the last five years of ad 
campaigns by this ONDCP program and the exorbitant amounts of money spent 
have proven ineffective; and further, it is believed these ads have had a 
direct effect on increasing teen drug use.

This program is ruining the bond our government and adults need to 
establish with our children, and that's (the bond of) honesty and truth.

Our own Sen. Patty Murray is in a unique position as the leading Senate 
Democrat on the House-Senate conference committee that determines how many 
of our tax dollars are spent on this program. For the sake of our children, 
let's all tell her none.

Abi Ludwig, Seattle
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