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Drug Czar is an informal name for the person who directs drug-control policies in the United States, following the U.S. use of the 'czar' term. The 'drug czar' title was first published in a 1982 news story by United Press International which reported that “Senators... voted 62-34 to establish a ‘drug czar’ who would have overall responsibility for U.S. drug policy.”[1] Since then, several ad hoc executive positions in both the United States and United Kingdom have been established which have been subsequently referred to in this manner.

In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with the Washington Post, Gil Kerlikowske said the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation's drug issues.

"Regardless of how you try to explain to people it's a 'war on drugs' or a 'war on a product,' people see a war as a war on them," he said. "We're not at war with people in this country."

United States

Nixon and Ford administrations

Carter administration

Reagan administration

  • Carlton Turner PhD, ScD, Director of the Drug Abuse Policy Office
  • D. Ian McDonald, MD. Deputy Assistant to the President, Drug Abuse Policy Office

Since 1988

United Kingdom

In the UK, Keith Hellawell, former Drugs Advisor to the Labour government of Tony Blair, has been referred to as a drug czar.

See also


  1. ^ Letter from United States Government Accountability Office to Hon. John W. Olver & Hon. Henry A. Waxman, subject: Office of National Drug Control Policy -- Video News Release - http://www.csdp.org/research/303495.pdf

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