NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 29, 1969
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(Studio) No public institution for teenage heroin addicts in NYC. Odyssey House treats them. Children and their parents talk to reporter
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(NYC) Parents shocked to find children used heroin. [FATHER - describes symptoms son had, but he didn't realize what it meant.] [MOTHER - says would bring kids up same way if she had to do it again. Don't feel it was the upbringing.] [2nd FATHER - says drugs were prevalent in neighborhood. If had money, would have moved out.] [MOTHER - says must be strong.] [FATHER - says New York and New York City have no program for youth addicts.] Society hasn't set up mechanism to deal with young addicts. Powerful forces here and abroad control heroin distribution. [MADELINE - wishes drug traffic in city would stop. Wishes there was a place young could go.] [JOE - wishes he could get back to godparents.] [FRAN - wishes friends who use drugs would realize what they're doing to themselves.] [MIKE - wishes everyone could get help they need. Parents mostly to blame.]
REPORTER: Dean Brelis