Attn:Opponents of the federal government's anti-drug media campaign

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    TO: Opponents of the federal government's current anti-drug media
    campaign

    FROM: Steve Fox, director of government relations

    DATE: Monday, September 29, 2003

    SUBJECT: Immediate action is needed to prevent the U.S. House of
    Representatives from approving $1 billion for the drug czar's
    media campaign


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    Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 30, the U.S. House of Representatives is
    scheduled to vote on the Office of National Drug Control Policy
    (ONDCP) Reauthorization Act of 2003. This bill authorizes the drug
    czar to spend more than $1 billion dollars over the next five years
    for the continued funding of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media
    Campaign. If you do not call your U.S. representative immediately,
    this bill -- along with the media campaign funding -- will almost
    certainly be approved.

    Please call your U.S. representative toll-free by using the Capitol
    Switchboard at 800-839-5276. This switchboard operates 24 hours a day.
    So if you are inspired to call after normal business hours in D.C.,
    the operator will transfer you to your representative's office and you
    can leave a voice mail message. Of course, calling during business
    hours would be preferable, if possible.

    Here is a sample script for you to use when you call:

    "Hello, my name is ________________ and I live in ________________.
    I am calling to urge Representative __________________ to oppose
    the ONDCP Reauthorization Act. I do not believe that the federal
    government should be spending an additional one billion dollars on
    the anti-drug media campaign when it is actually causing an
    increase in teen drug use. I will be watching to see how
    Representative __________________ votes on H.R. 2086. Thank you."

    If you are not certain who your U.S. representative is, go to
    http://www.house.gov/writerep , enter your state and zip code (your
    five-digit zip should work), and click the "Contact My Representative"
    button. The name of your representative should appear on the next
    page.

    The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has been a staggering
    failure. Not only is it ineffective, but it is actually leading to
    increased drug use among teens. The most recent PRIDE Survey, which
    measures youth illegal drug use and was released on September 3,
    reported a dramatic (51%) rise in past-month marijuana use among
    junior high students and a slight increase in past-month marijuana use
    by senior high students. More distressingly, the PRIDE Survey also
    reported similar increases in past-month cocaine and heroin use among
    all students surveyed (up 40% and 50%, respectively).

    Until our government is prepared to produce serious ads that provide
    honest information about harm reduction, this media campaign must be
    ended. Thank you for taking action to help accomplish this goal.

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    Please visit http://www.mpp.org/USA/donate.html or write to MPP,
    P.O. Box 77492, Washington, D.C. 20013 to donate to our lobbying work
    on Capitol Hill.
     

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