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Bourne Affair / Resignation #258853

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1978
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(Studio) Resignation of president adviser on drug abuse, Dr. Peter Bourne, in wake of controversy over own alleged involvement in drug abuse case noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Details surrounding Bourne's admitted involvement in writing prescription for sedative in fictitious name and about his resignation given. Reason stated was lack of meeting between Bourne and President Carter about incident. Departure from Washington, DC of Bourne and wife, Mary King, who is deputy director of ACTION, federal agency.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

(DC) [BOURNE - discusses reasons for not talking to Carter about situation.] Bourne's statements about actions with regard to fraudulent prescription, which he bases on AMA's "The Principles of Medical Ethics", outlined. [American Psychiatric Association spokesperson Dr. Melvin SABSHIN - discusses code of ethics and his interpretation of legal responsibilities of physicians with regard to confidentiality of patients.] Bourne's comments re: legal advice he's received stated. Virginia officials' investigation noted.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(Studio) Upcoming president news conference and coverage reported

Bradley, Ed;
Mudd, Roger;
Tucker, Lem

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