A component of the Executive Office of the President, ONDCP was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  The ONDCP Director is the principal advisor to the President on drug control issues.  ONDCP coordinates the drug control activities and related funding of 16 Federal Departments and Agencies.  Each year, ONDCP produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which outlines Administration efforts for the Nation to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking; drug-related crime and violence; and drug-related health consequences.  ONDCP also leads the development of the consolidated Federal drug control budget, which is published annually in the National Drug Control Strategy: Budget and Performance Summary.  The FY 2017 budget request for drug control funding is $31.4 billion.

ONDCP also administers two grant programs: the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities (DFC).  The HIDTA program assists Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions of the United States.  HIDTA supports law enforcement efforts in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The DFC program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance abuse.  Currently, there are 698 DFC-funded coalitions across the country.  DFC coalitions are made up of community leaders representing twelve sectors that organize to meet the local prevention needs of the youth and families in their communities.  These twelve sectors are:

  • Youth (18 or younger)
  • Parents
  • Businesses
  • Media
  • Schools
  • Youth-serving organizations
  • Law enforcement
  • Religious/Fraternal organizations
  • Civic/Volunteer groups (i.e., local organizations committed to volunteering, not a coalition member designated as a “volunteer”)
  • Healthcare professionals
  • State, local, or tribal governmental agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse (including, if applicable, the State agency with primary authority for substance abuse)
  • Other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse