MADD president wants half of anti-drug ad money

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The president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving today asked that half the $150 million a year the government is spending on anti-drug ads be switched to ads against alcohol. Karolyn Nunnallee said alcohol provides entry to drugs, and accused the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which does ads for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, of being part of a "twisted alliance" fighting an attempt to allow some of the anti-drug money to be used for anti-alcohol ads. "We can only surmise that representatives of the Partnership from the advertising and media industries are more concerned about keeping their major alcohol industry clients happy than keeping our kids safe, healthy and alive," she said. The drug office reiterated its concern that switching ads would dilute the effect of the anti-drug message.

Copyright June 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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