$2 Billion for the DEA. Yeah, that’s with a “B.” Jeralyn at TalkLeft has coverage of the 2010 appropriations bill.
While there is prevention money in the bill, there’s also a lot of funding for the War on Drugs.
Combating Illegal Drugs: $2 billion, $81 million above 2009, to combat illegal drugs through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These funds will provide for 128 new DEA positions to help stop the flow of illegal drugs across the Southwest border and to investigate, disrupt and dismantle major Mexican drug cartels.
Universities are laying off teachers and the DEA is looking at 128 new positions.
Read the rest of Jeralyn’s post to see how much more is being spent on the drug war throughout the various agencies.
The ONDCP talks about how important it is to focus on treatment rather than incarceration or supply side, but when it comes to the dollars, forget it — too many people profit off the war.