JUNE 17, 1971 - PRESIDENT NIXON DECLARES WAR ON DRUGS
At a June 17, 1971 press conference, President Nixon said:
“America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.
I have asked the Congress to provide the legislative authority and the funds to fuel this kind of an offensive. This will be a worldwide offensive dealing with the problems of sources of supply, as well as Americans who may be stationed abroad, wherever they are in the world…
I have brought Dr. [Jerome H.] Jaffe into the White House, directly reporting to me [as Special Consultant to the President for Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs], so that we have not only the responsibility but the authority to see that we wage this offensive effectively and in a coordinated way.”
Richard Nixon, LLB “Remarks About an Intensified Program for Drug Abuse Prevention and ControlThe President’s News Conference,” The American Presidency Project website, June 17, 1971