Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), leaders of the International Narcotics Control Caucus, Tuesday led a group of Senators in a call on the Trump Administration to prioritize the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The letter cited the previous success of the office in preventing use of illicit drugs in American communities.

            The senators wrote: “Healthcare, lost productivity and criminal justice costs associated with addiction are estimated to cost $193 billion annually, whereas every $1 invested in prevention yields a savings of up to $10. Therefore we must invest in effective prevention programs, and continue to support the Drug Free Communities program.  Since its inception, the program has achieved statistically significant reductions in youth drug use. We must also maintain strong law enforcement efforts to address the trafficking of these dangerous substances.  In 2014 alone, the 28 existing [High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas] dismantled 2,880 drug trafficking organizations.”

            The letter was also signed by Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). 

            Here is the full text of the letter.