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THE WHITE HOUSE AT WORK
Thursday, December 11, 1997
Fighting for a Drug Free America
Almost two years ago, General McCaffrey and I came with the Attorney
General to Miami to launch a comprehensive anti-drug strategy for the
nation -- a common-sense plan to address an uncommonly complex
problem...Thanks in no small measure to heroic efforts on the high seas,
in the air and along our borders, this strategy is starting to show
December 11, 1997
President Clinton: Fighting for a Drug-Free America
Today, President Clinton traveled to Miami, Florida, to salute
the Coast Guard's heroic efforts in stopping drugs from reaching our
shores and to highlight other promising results of the Administration's
comprehensive national drug control strategy. The Administration's
anti-drug strategy is making progress: overall drug use is down and drug
use by 12 to 17 year-olds has started to decline, but, as the President
underscored in his remarks today, there is more work to do.
Shielding America's Frontiers from the Drug Threat
Record Coast Guard Interdictions: In FY 1997, the Coast Guard
-- the nation's lead agency for maritime drug interdiction -- seized or
assisted in the seizure of the highest amount of cocaine in its history.
The Coast Guard, aided by other U.S. law enforcement agencies, seized
103,617 pounds of cocaine -- more than triple the previous year's total.
Moreover, the Coast Guard increased its arrests of drug traffickers by a
Increased Department of Defense (DoD) Funding for Drug
Control: The President is committing an additional $73 million in FY
1999 to DoD's $800 million counter-narcotics budget. DoD will use
increased funding to: enhance source country interdiction efforts,
primarily in Peru; carry out our international commitments to assist the
Caribbean nations with maritime interdiction efforts; and work with
Mexico to assist them in establishing their own interdiction capabilities.
Reducing Drug-Related Crime and Violence
Expanding High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs):
Recent crime data show that drug-related crime is in decline. To further
build on our efforts to combat drug-related crime and counter drug
trafficking, the Administration and members of Congress announced the
formation of the Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
The HIDTA program provides federal assistance to better coordinate and
enhance counter-drug law enforcement efforts (law enforcement from the
local to the federal level) in critical areas where drug production,
manufacturing, importation, or distribution flourish. This newest HIDTA
will bring the total number of designated areas to 23 -- 18 of which have
been created under the Clinton Administration.
Educating Our Youth to Reject Drugs
The $195 Million National Anti-Drug Youth Media Campaign: The
number one priority in the President's 1997 National Drug Control
Strategy is to motivate our kids to reject the use of illegal drugs.
Recently, the President signed into law funding to launch the campaign.
The $195 million National Anti-Drug Youth Media Campaign will use the
full force of the media --from prime time television to the Internet to
sports marketing -- to educate kids and parents about the dangers of
drugs. The campaign will begin next month with ads in 12 pilot cities
across the nation: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boise, Denver, Hartford, Houston,
Milwaukee, Portland, San Diego, Sioux City, Tucson, and Washington, D.C.