Deputy Drug Czar at NDEOA Conference - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

07/28/05

Deputy Drug Czar at NDEOA Conference

Taking on one of the most dangerous jobs in the country--keeping our neighborhoods and streets free from drugs--hundreds of narcotics officers are in Savannah for the National Drug Enforcement Officers Association convention this week.

They're learning about combat techniques and drugs like methamphetamine, which is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent drugs on the market.

Still, White House deputy drug czar Scott Burns says they are making progress. "There's been a 17 percent reduction in drug use among 8th, 10th and 12th graders," he said. "We haven't seen a a reduction like that since cocaine crashed in the '80s. It's happening because we're pushing back in Georgia, California and New York and we are seeing the results of that."

The conference runs through Friday.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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