The complacency of many parents toward drug use by their teenage children increases the need for fully funded education and prevention programs, the White House’s anti-drug chief said Sunday.
“The real problem is making a case for drug education, prevention and treatment to this Congress and to state legislatures,” said the national drug control policy director, Barry R. McCaffrey.
McCaffrey’s comments on ABC’s “This Week With David Brinkley” came as Republicans and Democrats sought to blame each other for a sharp rise in drug use among teenagers the past few years. GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole has accused the Clinton administration of failing to stem this tide.
In response, the Clinton campaign has highlighted Dole’s past votes against forming the drug chief’s office and against some anti-drug programs.
“There’s an awful lot of election-year twaddle going on right now,” said McCaffrey, a retired Army general.
He joined others on Sunday news programs in emphasizing that government’s influence is limited in a situation where studies show that baby boomer parents generally are more permissive or resigned to drug use among their children than traditionally has been the case.