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McCaffrey to Leave Drug Control Policy Office

Posted on October 16, 2000

Washington, DC — White House drug control policy director Barry McCaffrey announced on Monday he will resign two weeks before the inauguration of President Clinton’s successor in January.

In a statement McCaffrey said he will leave his job on January 6, meaning he would not be a part of the next administration. Either Democratic Vice President Al Gore or Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush will be inaugurated as the next president on January 20.

McCaffrey, a retired Army general, will be concluding 40 years of public service. He plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

McCaffrey said he appreciated Clinton’s commitment to reducing drug abuse as well as the bipartisan support of the Republican-controlled Congress.

“Since 1996 we have taken important strides in addressing a problem that costs our society 52,000 deaths and more than $110 billion every year,” he said.

McCaffrey played a key role in persuading Congress to approve $1.3 billion to help the Colombian government fight the drug trade. Colombia produces 90 percent of the cocaine in the U.S. market as well as up to two-thirds of the heroin on the East Coast.

McCaffrey said he was proud that adolescent drug-use rates have decreased by 21 percent over the past two years and that drug-related crime has dropped dramatically.

“Drug-related murders are at their lowest point in over a decade, dropping by more than 50 percent since 1989,” he said.

Bush has attacked the Clinton administration’s record on drug control and pledged to do more to reduce America’s dependence on illegal drugs if elected.

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