March 12, 2009 |
Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske will face daunting challenges as the next drug czar, Vice President Joe Biden said. As director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Kerlikowske will help develop a strategy to stem the Southwest border violence, Biden said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2011 |
Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Times analysis of government data has found. Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes.
December 10, 2006 |
The top U.S. anti-drug official said Afghan poppies would be sprayed with herbicide to combat an opium trade that produced a record heroin haul this year. The Afghan government has not publicly said it will spray, but John Walters, the director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said President Hamid Karzai and other officials had agreed to ground spraying.
March 1, 1996 |
The Senate, by voice vote, approved Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, 53, to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has been commander in chief of the U.S. Southern Command in Panama for the past two years. At McCaffrey's confirmation hearing, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, criticized President Clinton's antidrug policies while lauding the general.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1991
Bob Martinez (director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy) in "Morale Is Key to Local Police Fighting Drugs" (Commentary, Oct. 23) may have reached a new high point in the insane rhetoric of the "war on drugs" when he compares the drug traffickers rather than the drug enforcement police to "secret police in a dictatorship." What a role reversal! The tactics of drug enforcement agencies nationwide closely parallel the tactics of the darkest of all totalitarian secret police--infiltration, betrayal, entrapment, midnight raids--you name it, they do it. JOHN A. SCHMIDT Los Angeles
November 24, 1997 |
A top Clinton drug-control strategist said the United States has been unable to stop the smuggling of drugs across the Southwest border, a newspaper reported. "Our current interdiction efforts almost completely fail to achieve our purpose of reducing the flow of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines across the [Southwest] border," said Francis X. Kinney, director of strategic planning for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in a memorandum acquired by the Arizona Republic.