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Monday, May 20, 2002

This is Your Brain on Government Spending

by The Independent Institute

A recent survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Westat, a private research firm, concluded that teenagers mostly ignore the federal government's anti-drug advertisements.

Nevertheless, current White House drug policy czar John P. Walters said he wants Congress to continue funding the ad campaign -- which costs taxpayers $180 million a year -- so that his agency will have the resources to "refocus" the campaign. (New anti-drug ads, for example, link drug use to funding terrorism, although their effectiveness has not yet been studied.)

Apparently, managing the federal government's anti-drug efforts, like the drugs themselves, clouds one's judgement and induces panic when withdraw is threatened -- prompting THE LIGHTHOUSE to ask: When will taxpayers just say no?

RELATED INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE LINKS

See Survey: Anti-Drug Ads Ineffective by Christopher Newton
(ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 15, 2002)

For information on the former White House drug czar's anti-drug efforts, see, Barry McCaffrey Should Resign by Alexander Tabarrok
(PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/20/00)

For the Independent Institute archive on drug policy, see http://www.independent.org/archive/drugs.html

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