President Donald Trump has once again proposed gutting funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy as part of his 2019 budget. It's a repeat of what he proposed last year, only to back off amid protests from members of his own party.

The two major programs that the office currently controls –– the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas grant and the Drug Free Communities Act –– would be reallocated to the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, respectively.

Administration officials have argued that the larger agencies would be in a better position to administer the programs. An initiative aimed at reducing drug use should not be separated from the broader health care apparatus, they reason.

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