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Office of National Drug Control Policy, Director John P. Walters

John P. Walters is the Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)—sworn in on December 7, 2001. As the Nation’s “Drug Czar,” Director Walters coordinates all aspects of Federal drug control programs and spending.

Under Director Walters’ leadership, youth drug use has dropped to its lowest levels since the early 1990s. The latest Monitoring the Future Study, released in December, 2006, indicated that 840,000 fewer young people are using drugs today than in 2001—a 23 percent reduction. Teen marijuana use has dropped 25 percent, and teen methamphetamine, ecstasy, and LSD use have declined 50 percent or more over the past five years.

Emphasizing the need for a balanced approach to reducing drug use, Director Walters has overseen the creation and implementation of several key prevention and treatment programs:

Director Walters has also worked with our international partners to make significant progress in reducing the supply of illegal drugs:

Prior to returning to ONDCP, Mr. Walters served as president of the Philanthropy Roundtable. Previously he served at ONDCP as Chief of Staff and as Deputy Director for Supply Reduction and worked in the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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