GAO Findings Confirm CAGW Drug Report | Citizens Against Government Waste

GAO Findings Confirm CAGW Drug Report

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseDaytime contact: Alexa Moutevelis: (202) 467-5318
August 13, 2006After hours contact: Tom Finnigan: (202) 253-3852


Washington, D.C. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today heralded a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study verifying that the government’s attempts to discourage drug use by minors are a waste of money.  The GAO report, given the self-explanatory title Contractor’s National Evaluation Did Not Find That the Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign Was Effective in Reducing Youth Drug Use (GAO-06-818), recommends that Congress limit appropriations for the ad campaign until it is proven to be effective.

“This new GAO report confirms what CAGW has been saying for years: billions of dollars marked for the war on drugs are being wasted on ineffective and counterproductive policies,” CAGW President Tom Schatz said. 

In June 2006, CAGW released a report critical of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  Wasted in the War on Drugs: Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Wasted Efforts took the ONDCP to task for functioning inefficiently and failing to achieve its core objectives.  The report specifically criticized the subject of the new GAO study, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. 

Created to reduce marijuana use, the media campaign has been the target of lawsuit concerning the integrity of the ad agency, two government reports detailing the failure of the campaign, and another study showing that the ads have a reverse effect.  Despite all of this evidence of ineffectiveness, Congress is still planning to spend $120 million on the program in fiscal 2007.

“It’s time for Congress to admit its mistakes and free up federal dollars for more important priorities,” Schatz concluded.

Wasted in the War on Drugs can be found at  It is part of CAGW’s series of Through the Looking Glass reports.

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. 

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