Changing Character of Drug Abuse: The Federal Response, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, First Session, November 30, 1979   [open pdf - 96MB]

This is the November 30, 1979 hearing on "Changing Character of Drug Abuse: The Federal Response," held before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the U.S. House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. From the opening statement of Henry A. Waxman: "The topic of this morning's hearing is the changing character of drug abuse in America. The abuse of alcohol and drugs continues to be one of this Nation's greatest public health threat. The economic cost to this society from substance abuse is staggering. The cost in human misery and diminished expectations is incalculable. Over the years, the Federal Government has played an integral role in providing leadership in the drug abuse field. We have come a long way together. In the 1960's the only treatment services we had available were two public health hospitals and a small number of community clinics. Today, there are over 3,000 drug abuse treatment programs throughout the country. I am pleased to say, the strength of our national treatment network is no where better represented than in New York City. The subcommittee is here this morning seeking guidance. Where should Federal drug abuse policy be headed in the 1980's?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward I. Koch, Jose, Tammy, and Terry [witnesses undergoing treatment in New York City drug programs, last names withheld for privacy], Wilma Feldman, William B. O'Brien, Harold L. Trigg, Betsy Todd, James J. Turanski, Murray I. Friedman, and Donald L. Shapiro.

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Serial No. 96-82
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