Use of illegal drugs by Americans has declined by almost half in the last 15 years. However, the country still faces two major challenges: first is the dramatic rise in drug use by young people and the increasingly younger age at which they are being exposed to drugs; and second is the fact that 3.6 million Americans are chronically addicted to illegal drugs. These addicts are a financial drain on national and local economies, and represent one-third of the Nation's AIDS cases. The President's 1996 National Drug Control Strategy demands a systems approach that will motivate youth to refuse drugs, alcohol and tobacco; reduce crime and violence associated with drugs; reduce costs associated with drugs (e.g., by establishing drug courts); protect borders against drug infiltration; and reduce domestic and foreign drug sources by developing coalitions of democracies to fight the drug problem on a global scale. The centerpiece of this program is a $15 billion program to publicize findings that treatment works, to gain publicity for programs like NEW PRIDE, DARE and TASC.