Federal Anti-Drug Ad Campaign to Hit Airwaves 1/9/98

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This week will, or should, mark the beginning of the Federal Government/Partnership for a Drug Free America mass media campaign. The campaign, which will combine up to $195,000,000 of taxpayers' money with matching donations from business and media entities, will kick off in twelve test cities, er, soon. The campaign was originally scheduled to begin last October, and was later put off until December.

The campaign will feature ads on TV and radio, as well as an Internet presence, which has yet to be formally outlined. Commenting on the Internet portion of the plan, Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey told CNN's Sunday Morning, "we're going to go on the Net and talk to children and their parents about why drugs will kill you."

In the past, the Partnership's ads have been criticized for being based on hysteria, rather than on facts, and that these tactics tend to lead kids to disregard otherwise important information on the real dangers of specific substances.

Dr. Joel Brown, Director of the Center for Educational research and Development, and author of "In Their Own Words" as study of California's school-based anti-drug program, told The Week Online, "As a scientist, there is no evidence that media campaigns prevent anyone from using drugs. What we need to do is to begin the process of providing help to the kids that need it, and to provide real, factual information about these substances so that we can avoid the tragedies which come from a lack of knowledge."

Asked, by CNN's Sunday Morning whether he still believes in interdiction, McCaffrey answered that "you still have to work with our international partners," but "that's going to be a supporting aspect of a prevention, treatment strategy." DRCNet would note that of the more than $17 Billion in 1997 federal anti-drug spending, less than one third was earmarked for education, prevention and treatment combined.

You can find Dr. Brown's study, "In Their Own Voices" on the Lindesmith Center web site, at <http://www.lindesmith.org>.

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