"We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news."
These are only a select few examples of how the American people and the world have been lied to about the War on Drugs. The quotes were derived from a larger quote by John Daniel Ehrlichman, who was counsel and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under President Richard Nixon between 1969-1973.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was originally established by the National Narcotics Leadership Act of 1988, which mandated a national anti-drug media campaign for youth, which would later become the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. The director of ONDCP is commonly known as the Drug czar, and it was first implemented in 1989 under President George H. W. Bush, and raised to cabinet-level status by Bill Clinton in 1993. These activities were subsequently funded by the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 1998. The Drug-Free Media Campaign Act of 1998 codified the campaign at 21 U.S.C. § 1708