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Drugs / Vietnam #225499

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 03, 1973
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(Studio) Drugs remain major concern in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Saigon, South Vietnam) 270 deserters in Vietnam since 1970. All but 1 of 5 deserters interviewed are drug addicts. [Deserter Clifton WASHINGTON - says deserted so could stay out a few days in order to pass urinalysis test for drugs given by Army on return from leave. Just didn't go back.] [Deserter Roberto DELAO - says shoots heroin. Hiding out at house Cambodian woman.] [WASHINGTON - says MP's picked him up a few times, but had to let him go because couldn't prove he was AWOL. Not difficult to get false Idaho papers. Uses post exchange and sells goods on black market Plans to turn himself in. ] [DELAO - has no future in Vietnam. May turn himself in. ] Addicts fear prison and bad discharges from service.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

Bradley, Ed;
Rather, Dan

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