With a government agency reporting that the White House has wasted $1.4 billion on an antiquated, naive anti-drug campaign, Yahoo’s health expert recommends that Bush pull his head out of the sand in his fight against America’s drug problems.
The Bush administration has once again stuck its head in the sand when it comes to effectively combating drug addiction in the United States. Rather than admitting that its much touted, $1.4 billion ad campaign has failed to lower drug use, the administration continues to arrogantly boasts that it is a success. As in Iraq, the administration’s strategy boils down to, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” regardless the facts.
The General Accountability Office (GAO) reported to Congress last week that the $1.4 billion dollars spent by the White House drug czar since 1998 on an antiquated, naïve ad campaign “does not appear to have helped reduce drug use and instead might have convinced some youths that taking illegal drugs is normal.” This assessment was echoed by another government-funded (to the tune of $43 million) study that found that the ads were ineffective. Link