Barry McCaffrey: Treatment Programs Underfunded!

 Barry McCaffrey: Treatment Programs Underfunded!
Posted by FoM on March 18, 1999 at 07:57:37 PT

 Congress needs to allocate more money for treatment and prevention if it expects further headway in anti-drug efforts, the nation's drug policy czar says. 
Congress has given a 32 percent annual increase in anti-drug efforts between fiscal years 1999 to 2000. Drug abuse among teens has fallen, but the problem is far from licked, said retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey on Wednesday. ``We are very grateful for the support we are getting, but we are not there yet,'' McCaffrey said of Congress' efforts. McCaffrey, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was in Los Angeles for a town hall meeting with California teens. Earlier in the day, he announced the results of a two-year marijuana study that found some chemical components could potentially have therapeutic effects. One of his toughest fights against drugs, McCaffrey said, is funds for adequate treatment programs. ``People who are addicted to drugs are not undisciplined or immoral,'' he said. ``They have a changed brain function and they need help.'' His agency wants Congress to pass legislation that would require insurance companies to include drug and alcohol treatment in health plans. He also called for more after-school activities such as sports programs. ``We're not worried about 45-year-olds,'' he told the group. ``We're worried about teens.''
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Comment #1 posted by Nick Sita on September 30, 1999 at 12:04:08 PT:
big dingus
Barry McCaffrey is a dingus
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