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According to the recent budget proposal for 2020 funding, the White House is looking to cut critical support for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for a 2nd year in a row. A recent Washington Post article highlights the proposal and the devastating effect it could have on the opioid crisis. ONDCP provides the country with essential programs and critical coordination of the federal response to the drug issue. With nearly 200 drug overdose deaths each day, these resources are needed now more than ever.
Oppose Budget Cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write to urge you to oppose any cuts to federal funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Every day in the United States, nearly 200 people die from a drug overdose - more than from car accidents and gun violence. Families and communities are in desperate need of resources to combat the current opioid epidemic.Now is not the time to eliminate funding and reduce the scope of ONDCP, the federal agency which coordinates our national response to the opioid epidemic and empowers communities across the country. ONDCP is the only agency accountable for prioritizing addiction and coordinating the national drug response, including prevention, intervention, treatment, law enforcement and recovery support systems. Moving the Drug-Free Communities and High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) programs out of ONDCP would reduce their effectiveness, visibility and impact. The President's budget proposes transferring these programs out of ONDCP to SAMHSA and DEA without giving their new agencies adequate funding to administer them. This would mean a $61 million cut to the prevention budget and a $21 million cut to HIDTA.
We urge you to oppose any cuts to ONDCP and moving these critical federal drug programs to SAMHSA and DEA. Furthermore, we urge you to support efforts to reverse the current opioid epidemic and provide additional resources to those suffering from addiction. There has never been a more fundamental time to invest in prevention and treatment.