Advocacy Groups Oppose Trump Administration Cuts to Drug Policy Office

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More than 150 organizations working to fight the opioid epidemic are opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), The Hill reports. The groups, led by the Addiction Policy Forum, sent a letter to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who is leading the administration’s response to the opioid crisis. Groups that signed the letter include those involved in prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice, the article notes. Last month, CBS News reported the Trump Administration is planning to cut more than $340 million from ONDCP’s budget. The administration will eliminate the agency’s grant-making capabilities. Two grant programs–the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and Drug-Free Communities–would be relocated to, and managed by, the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services. “Not only would such a move drastically weaken these vitally important programs, and force them to compete for priority, direction, and...
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Trump Plans to Slash Drug Policy Office Budget

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The Trump Administration is planning to cut more than $340 million from the budget of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), CBS News reports. The administration will eliminate the agency’s grant-making capabilities, according to the article. Two grant programs–the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities (DFC)–would be relocated to, and managed by, the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services. According to a spokesperson from the White House Office of Management and Budget, the administration’s 2019 budget is not final. HIDTA provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. DFC is the largest drug prevention program in the U.S.
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Bill to Protect Drug Control Office from Sweeping Budget Cuts Introduced

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Two senators have introduced a bill that would protect the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from sweeping budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, according to the Associated Press . The White House is proposing a cut of 94 percent to ONDCP’s budget, an e-mail to agency employees by Acting Director Richard Baum revealed. He asked employees not to share the information, but the e-mail was quickly leaked. The proposed budget fully eliminates several programs involved in fighting the opioid epidemic. New Hampshire U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan introduced a bill that would reauthorize the office, increase funding for programs, and streamline ONDCP to ensure efficient use of resources. “The Trump Administration’s proposal to effectively eliminate the ONDCP is not fiscally responsible, it’s dangerous and would significantly roll back our efforts to stem the tide of this crisis,” Hassan said in a news release.
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