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Drugs / Reagan #311861

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 04, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan's election-yr. concerns over drug abuse and call for mandatory drug testing of some federal employees, as well as volunteering himself and cabinet to submit to such tests, examined; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - thinks mandatory testing in justified under certain circumstances; vols. himself and cabinet.] Soc. factors affecting pols.' efforts considered. [Former DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) administration Peter BENSINGER - cites lack of penalty to user in Reagan's plan.] [Representative James WRIGHT - praises President's move.] Scenes from music video shown courtesy Orion Pictures.

(NYC: Harold Dow) Authorities' intensified war against drug abuse, especially cocaine and its crack form, examined; details given, scenes shown. [Drug Enforcement Admin. spokesperson Robert STUTMAN - cites probability suspects will be prosecuted and lose their vehicles.] [New York City police commissioner Benjamin WARD - agrees.] Mayor's suggested solution to jail overcrowding due to drug arrests mentioned. [Odyssey House spokesperson Benjamin WALKER - notes program's waiting list.] [Former addict ALFONSO - lists addicts' options.]

Dow, Harold;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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