Enough talk about drugs, they said, addressing the television cameras. It's time to act.

With that, local officials announced yesterday that a summit conference on drugs will be held next month to map a regional strategy to combat drug abuse.

"It's time we stop moving the problem around and move it out," said Arlington County Board member Albert C. Eisenberg. "We know what we are up against. It's a tragedy whose roots are deep and tough."

Fairfax and Montgomery county police together confiscated drugs valued at nearly $10 million last year, nearly equal to the District's $11.4 million. Other area jurisdictions also reported large increases in drug seizures and arrests.

Alexandria Mayor James P. Moran Jr. and Arlington County Board member William T. Newman, who appeared at the news conference with Eisenberg, said the Washington area's drug problems have grown so unwieldy that each local jurisdiction can no longer handle them on its own.

A regional attack -- in which, for example, Maryland, Virginia and the District would systematically share police information on drug traffickers and jointly sponsor job programs for youths -- would have a better chance at controlling drug abuse, they said. Moran went further, calling on the federal government to start a pilot antidrug program in the Washington area that could be copied elsewhere.

"It would be a demonstration project for the nation," Moran said. Although he said he did not know of a specific federal agency or fund willing to undertake such a project, he said the federal government had chosen certain regions to test solutions for transportation and other problems.

Newman said a key reason to pool efforts was that when "we run them {drug dealers} out of {Arlington}, they set up shop next door. We've got to come together on this. Everyone is doing their own little thing."

David A. Clarke, chairman of the D.C. Council, said the District will participate in the summit, which will be sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. "We will share our resources, our information and to some extent our agony," he said.

Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George's county officials also have said they will participate in the meeting, which will be scheduled in early April.

D.C. Mayor Marion Barry called for a regional drug summit in his State of the District speech in late January, but local officials said the mayor's office had not contacted them about when or where to meet.