FY 2000 Appropriations Recommendation
April 30, 1999|
Honorable Ted Stevens
Committee on Appropriations
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-2203
Honorable Bill Young|
Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairmen Stevens and Young:
The National Coalition for Effective Drug Policies is a coalition of national organizations dedicated to the development and implementation of federal policies that effectively address drug use and drug abuse. NCEDP is a recently formed coalition of health, religious, women's, civil rights, professional, and drug policy reform advocates who support federal funding priorities that emphasize public health approaches to drug use. We believe that two out of every three drug control dollars should be spent on prevention and rehabilitation. By making this change in budget emphasis, the United States will be able to provide adequate funding for programs that work.
We write to you today regarding the Fiscal Year 2000 budget appropriations. Enclosed is the NCEDP: Effective Drug Control Budget FY 2000 Appropriations Recommendations. In an effort to effectively address the harms of drug abuse and the risk of drug use, NCEDP recommends the following priorities and federal appropriations for FY 2000:
Drugs are more available, less expensive and more potent after two decades of intense law enforcement. This failure is not because of the failure of law enforcement to do its job – we have seen record seizures, arrests and incarceration – but rather due to a failed strategy. It is imperative that the racist effects of law enforcement strategies are eliminated and methods developed to remove the racially disproportionate impact before these programs are expanded.
Problems associated with drugs have worsened in recent years. The facts indicate that our current approach to drugs has failed to significantly reduce either the demand or the availability of drugs. NCEDP is committed to lessening the harms to our society of drug abuse and the risk to individuals of drug use. We would be pleased to provide a delegation of our members to discuss this matter with you.
We also look forward to your written response to our proposals. Please respond to either of the national Chairs of NCEDP: Ms. Rachel King, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union, 122 Maryland Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20002 (202) 544-1681 or Mr. Kevin B. Zeese, President, Common Sense for Drug Policy, 3619 Tallwood Terrace, Falls Church, VA 22041 (703) 354-5694.
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