Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Less May Be More: Silver Lining in ONDCP Cuts

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Less May Be More: Silver Lining in ONDCP Cuts

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Carol Bergman, Associate Counsel, House Government Operations Committee, addressed the NAADAC/NAATP Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. She told the audience of counselors and treatment specialists that there is a silver lining in the recent White House personnel cuts in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

"The President has cut the staff from 146 to 25," said Bergman. "However, he made the position of drug czar a cabinet position. When Congress first put together the Anti-Drug Abuse Act in 1988, the position was created with cabinet level authority, which means that it was really up to the President whether or not to designate it as a cabinet position. It was created with a cabinet level rank, and President Bush never saw fit to do that."

Bergman sees the cutbacks as an opportunity. Even with fewer staff, if there is a sharper policy, it could actually be beneficial to the addiction field. "Hopefully it will be a policy that all of us would endorse," she added. …

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