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Four-Star Gen./Former Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey to Urge Expanded Prison Drug Treatment

4/25/2006 8:05:00 AM

To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Bob Weiner or Rebecca VanderLinde, 301-283-0821 / 202-329-1700, both for Gen. McCaffrey; Dan McGill for AATOD, 646-872-3267

News Advisory:

-- Four-Star Gen./Former Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey to Urge Expanded Prison Drug Treatment; Joined By Mark Parrino, President of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence;

-- McCaffrey, just Back from week in Iraq, also available to discuss Iraq and War on Terror

-- News Conference Wed. April 26, 1:10 PM following address, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, GA, Centennial Ballroom

Four Star General/Former U.S. Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey will hold a news conference Wednesday, April 26, at 1:10 PM at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Centennial Ballroom, to urge expanded prison drug treatment. He will be joined by Mark Parrino, President and founder of the American Association for the Treatment of Opiod Dependence (AATOD), who is hosting the Association's national convention of drug treatment specialists. Gen. McCaffrey will be speaking to the plenary session of the convention at 12:45 PM, just prior to the news conference. The speech and the news conference are open to the media.

General McCaffrey, the country's longest-serving Director of National Drug Policy (1995-2001), now is national security professor at West Point and a terrorism expert in the media. McCaffrey previously led the "Left Hook" in Operation Desert Storm, was SouthCom Commander (all US forces in Latin America), and served as Assistant to Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell.

Gen. McCaffrey just returned from a week in Iraq, meeting with US and Iraqi troops and military and government leaders. He will be available following the drug policy announcements to discuss Iraq, Afghanistan, and the war on terror.

The theme of the AATOD Convention, the first time being held in Atlanta, is "Treating People with Dignity-working with the Criminal Justice and Health Care Systems". DOJ statistics indicated that 60 percent of arrestees in 30 cities test positive for illegal drugs compared with 6 percent in the general population, and the conference speakers are addressing ways to reduce the link between drugs and crime.

Source: Robert Weiner Associates 301-283-0821/202-329-1700



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