Report from the Front Line: The Status of Northeast Texas' Fight Against Drugs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, July 21, 1997 [open pdf - 1MB]
From the opening statement of Mark Souder: "Today, we will be examining the dire threat of drugs to our communities. It is a sad fact, but a harbinger of the times, that no young person in any community in America is out of the reach of cocaine, heroin, LSD [Lysergic Acid Diethylamide] and methamphetamine. Nor is any community immune from the drug violence, street gangs and trafficking to teens which accompany the arrival of these poisons in our midst. We have held hearings in New England, we have held hearings in Chicago, in the Detroit area and in Indiana. We have held hearings in the southwest and central and south Florida, in several parts of California, all over this Nation, and seen very similar types of problems with local variations. This problem is devastating and will require effort by all of us to reverse. We must do a better job of educating them about the dangers of these drugs, and protecting them from those who traffic in these poisons. We must wake up to our collective responsibility in meeting this collective threat--and get serious about fighting drugs. On behalf of the U.S. House leadership, this subcommittee began trying to pull together Republicans and Democrats committed to finding real and lasting solutions to our Nation's drug problems. During the time we have been involved in this effort, this subcommittee has traveled throughout our Nation to see how drug use is being [combated]." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul E. Coggins, Donnie R. Marhsall, Julio F. Mercado, Kenneth R. Yarbrough, Pete Sessions, and Mark E. Souder.
Serial No. 105-83
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