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Heroin Addicts / British Views #214083

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 26, 1971
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(Studio) British way of dealing with heroin problem reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(London, England) Kevin Healy, 21, point of Britain's 2,600 registered drug addicts; picks up daily dose of heroin at drug store; 14 drug dependence clinics only places to get free heroin. Doctors at clinic try to cut down doses. [DOCTOR - describes dosage.] Addicts say they have to supplement dosage with black market heroin. Addicts shown at "New Horizon", charity house [ADDICT - says can get heroin in 15 minutes on street, fairly cheap.] Black market operates on Gerrard Saint Chinese merchants smuggle it from Hong Kong, China. Addicts not major crime problem. Petty thievery occurs but rarely violent crimes. Govt. reports decrs. in addicts. 1/4 of addicts lead normal lives. [Author Alex TROCCHI - speaks of England's rationing program. One can be addict and hold job also. Pressures in United States don't exist here.] [Social worker John SNOW - says program not curing addict, but helped prevent spread of addiction; notes helped keep big business out of drug scene; cites reduced effectiveness of black market] Healy shown "shooting up". As watched as he is, not worried about police or next fix.
REPORTER: John Laurence

Cronkite, Walter;
Laurence, John

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