By Alfa · Nov 17, 2005 · ·
  1. Alfa

    NEW YORK -- The nation's drug control office wants to put a positive spin on rejection.

    In a massive ad campaign kicking off today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will urge kids to stay "above the influence" of drugs instead of under the influence.

    The new spots ditch the "my anti-drug" tag line -- as in "Sports, my anti-drug" and "Friends, my anti-drug"-- used in youth marketing over the last six years. ONDCP will keep the "anti-drug" tag in separate ads directed at parents.

    Teens polled by the agency over the last year considered the old anti-drug messages "too negative."

    "We decided it was time to change the brand," says ONDCP spokesman Tom Riley.

    The office will spend $25 million through April 2006 to get its youth message out via TV, print and Web ads from its new ad agency of record, Foote Cone & Belding.

    Federal law requires media outlets to match that in kind, giving the campaign a total of $50 million worth of pages and airtime.

    The new work is part of an effort to meet President Bush's goal of reducing teen drug use by 25% by 2007.

    Youth drug use is down 17% since Bush set that target in 2002, according to the University of Michigan's annual Monitoring the Future study. Marijuana remains the most popular drug among 14- to 16-year-olds.

    The new campaign gives the White House a fresh start following a billing scandal with its previous ad agency, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide.

    Early this year, two Ogilvy executives were convicted for overbilling the office through tactics such as falsifying time sheets in 1999 and 2000. Four other executives pleaded guilty to the charges.

    Ogilvy, which handled the anti-drug account since the late 1990s, agreed in 2002 to pay $1.8 million in a deal with the Justice Department to settle civil claims in the overcharging scheme.

    FCB had done some anti-drug work in the past, and it became agency of record last October.

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  1. polloloco001
    i dont think anti drug ads will ever work. the only people that would
    really be affected by them is somebody like a mormon or a home schooled
    kid who doesnt have any other source of information, but normal kids
    who go to school know that pot is not the menace it is portrayed to be
    in ads. i think anti drug ads just make drugs more appealing because
    they seem rebellious. they ought to have ads which provide information
    and talk about the real dangers of drugs, not that stupid shit where
    they say "marijuana slows your reaction time and your gonna hit a girl
    on a bike" or "your gonna let your baby fall in the pool cuz your
    gonna go get lit". kids can see through that shit and they dont pay
    attention to it.
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