Trump Plans to Slash Drug Policy Office Budget

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The Trump Administration is planning to cut more than $340 million from the budget of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), CBS News reports.

The administration will eliminate the agency’s grant-making capabilities, according to the article. Two grant programs–the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities (DFC)–would be relocated to, and managed by, the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services.

According to a spokesperson from the White House Office of Management and Budget, the administration’s 2019 budget is not final.

HIDTA provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. DFC is the largest drug prevention program in the U.S.

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