ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 13, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Ruling that Bret Starr, son of ex-football player Bart Starr, died of cocaine use reported Report introduced.
(NYC: Bill Blakemore) Hazards of "crack" cocaine featured. [DEA spokesperson Robert STUTMAN, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Veterans Administration Med. Center Dr. Anna Rose CHILDRESS - explain dangers of crack.] [Ex-cocaine user: "JIM", cocaine user "PHIL" - comment on addictive nature of drug.] Diagram shown to explain cocaine's effect on human body. [CHILDRESS, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Veterans Administration Med. Center Dr. Charles O'BRIEN - discuss cocaine use.] Cocaine-rush epidemic explained; diagrams shown of cocaine's impact on brain. [O'BRIEN - says users lose control.] [Addiction Research Center director Dr. Jerome JAFFE, CHILDRESS - explain cocaine rush.] Problem faced by drug treatment programs in dealing with lifelong vulnerability to cocaine detailed; scenes shown from treatment programs. [Ex-drug user "DEBRA" - recalls drug use.]