Bush Hopes Anti-Drug Program Reduces Drug Use

Bush Hopes Anti-Drug Program Reduces Drug Use
Posted by FoM on September 01, 1999 at 19:13:16 PT
Source: Tampa Bay On Line
ORLANDO, Fla.Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday that there will be some controversial aspects to a proposed anti-drug program that he believes will cut drug use in half through treatment and punishment. 
Bush and Florida drug czar James McDonough told several hundred substance abuse counselors and administrators that the new program cherry-picks from the best of both approaches. ``The old way of thinking is you're on one side or the other,'' Bush said at a Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association conference. ``The debate has been sterile and like a ping pong ball going back and forth.'' Bush plans on Sept. 10 to present the $500 million drug initiatives, which will attempt to halve the number of Florida drug users by 2005. An estimated 1.2 million Floridians now use drugs. The state will pay for the bulk of the program. ``When people sell drugs and poison our community, they should be punished, but we also need to expand treatment,'' Bush said before his speech.Pubdate: September 1, 1999Tampa Bay Online
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