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Pill Addiction #257759

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 01, 1978
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(Studio) Poet W.H. Auden's description of this time in history quoted. Escape used by some in form of pills, toll it takes and remedies in progress cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Rise in use of pills during 1960's and present realizations of drug addiction problems this has caused, even more so than with heroin or other illegal drugs, outlined. [Psychiatrist Dr. Coulter RULE - says there was feeling that if patient didn't get pills when going to doctor, he really hadn't gotten money's worth.] Dangers in prescription drug valium cited as example Recent decline in abuse, due to physicians and pharmaceutical companies and patients' realization of problems, detailed; figs. with regard to drop in abuse listed. [National Institute on Drug Abuse director Dr. Robert DuPONT - notes that people are now more concerned about possible dangers of pills. Cites concerns that in seeing decline of problems with prescription drugs, people will council that there is no large problem; says it is very serious.] Lack of drop in abuse by white women detailed. [DuPONT - cites reasons he believes white women have more drug abuse problems.] [Former addict "DINNY" - describes effect pills had on her life and readjustment she had to go through when she got off them.] New York organization called Pills Anonymous (Pennsylvania), patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous, outlined. [Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Donald DOUGLAS - notes that people are afraid of smelling of alcohol, but not afraid of taking pills.]
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron

Aaron, Betsy;
Cronkite, Walter

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