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Auditors Fault Anti-Drug Ad Spending
The Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2006 | KEVIN FREKING

Posted on 08/27/2006 12:30:43 PM PDT by JTN

WASHINGTON -- The government's anti-drug ad campaign has not been proven to deter children from using drugs, and lawmakers should consider reducing funding for the $1.2 billion program, congressional auditors said Friday.

The Government Accountability Office based its recommendation on its review of an independent evaluation of the media campaign by Westat Inc.

The government has spent about $1.2 billion since 1998 on scores of television, print and radio ads designed to discourage drug use among youth. The ads also describe parents as the anti-drug. President Bush requested another $120 million for next year.

Westat found the ads had no "significant favorable effects" in deterring children from trying marijuana or in getting them to stop. Rather, it found that more 12 1/2- to 13-year-olds and girls were trying the drug after seeing the ads, the GAO said.

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1 posted on 08/27/2006 12:30:44 PM PDT by JTN
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To: Wolfie; freepatriot32

Ping


2 posted on 08/27/2006 12:31:13 PM PDT by JTN ("I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of bubble gum.")
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To: JTN

It's the same as when I went through school... these purported "anti-drug" ads serve functionally as an advertising and marketing campaign for the very drugs they purportedly are trying to discourage kids from using.


3 posted on 08/27/2006 12:37:08 PM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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To: JTN

This surprises, whom?


4 posted on 08/27/2006 12:37:16 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: JTN

Well spank my @ss and call me "Charlie". /south park


5 posted on 08/27/2006 12:49:31 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: JTN
The most aggravating part of the WoD is the prohibition against the growing of hemp. Not only would that potentially be a $3-5b a year industry, saving whole forests for high value products like lumber, instead of chip, but the growing of hemp would actually *reduce* the potency of marijuana through cross-pollination.

Especially in the South, private old-growth forests are being squandered on chip, when their wood could produce fine furniture.

Our books turn yellow and rot after 20 years because of acid paper, instead of lasting for centuries being made with high quality hemp paper. Even our Constitution is printed on hemp paper, and look how well it has lasted.

Only crude hemp fiber has that rough appearance and texture. When refined it is a durable fabric with the softness of silk, that takes and holds dyes well.

Hemp oil burns very hot and makes a good fuel oil, and processed hemp plant is a high-grade animal fodder.

As I said before, hemp lowers the quality of marijuana considerably. It could even be grown in registered fields on marginal land with minimum water. But not to allow it to be grown at all is just ridiculous.
6 posted on 08/27/2006 1:47:05 PM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: thoughtomator

I leaned about Mary Wanna in school, from a teacher teaching a Health Ed. class.


7 posted on 08/27/2006 1:48:38 PM PDT by Toby06 (The 'Holier than thou" types who call women sluts and whores are just pure psuedo-Christian trash.)
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To: JTN
The War on (Some) Drugs helps fund terrorism.
8 posted on 08/27/2006 2:45:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: Popocatapetl
The most aggravating part of the WoD is the prohibition against the growing of hemp. Not only would that potentially be a $3-5b a year industry

In countries where hemp is legal to grow, it still has to be subsidized. Hemp also gums up processing machinery.

9 posted on 08/27/2006 2:50:35 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

People who buy (some) drugs fund terrorism.


10 posted on 08/27/2006 2:51:19 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: JTN

This is your brain on $1.2 billion of congressional funding.

12 posted on 08/28/2006 11:13:28 PM PDT by Nate505
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