… nor do they want to.
After claiming that they wanted to communicate with the public on a more regular basis, they started an ONDCP Update Newsletter in January. Then they had an issue in February. Then nothing. Finally, on May 3, they had a March/April issue.
A little embarrassing, particularly since hyping their new Open Government Plan in April.
But you’ve got to give them a break. They’ve been busy â€” it take a lot of work and time to find more creative ways to lie to the public.
Take a look at the latest “blog” entry: Drug Use in America — it’s a doozy.
Research and data serve as the foundation of ONDCP’s programs and recent statistics show that we need to act now to address this public health and safety issue and reduce the devastating effects of drug use.
Note the emphasis on research and data; then the sneaky mention of drug use (not abuse).
But how do they present that data?
The use of illicit drugsâ€”including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, PCP, ecstasy, inhalants, methamphetamine, and the non-medical use of prescription drugsâ€”is a significant public health problem. The use of these substances led directly to the death of 38,000 Americans in 2006â€”nearly as many as died in motor vehicle crashes that same year (43,000). In monetary terms, the use of illicit drugs cost the United States billions of dollars in health care, lost productivity, and other costs.
That is a truly diabolical paragraph. Based on the grammatical structure, when I first read it, it appeared that illicit drugs alone (including marijuana, of course) directly caused 38,000 deaths (particularly with the bookended “illicit drugs” phrase at the end of the paragraph).
But no. See how they improperly snuck in “and the non-medical use of prescription drugs” into the dashed clause that was detailing the kinds of illicit drugs? Impressive.
Lying through misdirection and implication. That was a hallmark of the John Walters ONDCP. Looks like the Kerlikowske ONDCP is really getting up to speed.