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Drug Traffic / Administration, Thailand #465264

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 24, 1972
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(Studio) Federal narcotics agents report to President Nixon that number arrests for drug violations has doubled in 3 years Cabinet level report published by "New York Times", however, says drug abuse in S.E. Asia is unavoidable because of corruption of govts. there.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Bangkok, Thailand) Americans in Bangkok send children to the International School. 10% junior and senior high school students said to use narcotics, mostly heroin. 5 American students died this year from overdose. School has drug info. program, and expulsion for those caught. 100 thrown out this year [School supt., Dr. Stuart PHILLIPS - says headway being made. Says only 10% students involved, but most of these use heroin.] [Students say 83% students use drugs, 25% use heroin. Some 6th graders said on heroin. Drugs said cheap, easily obtainable from Thai lunch wagons.] There is no American neighborhood here. Americans are scattered. They are divided and isolated. American families have problems in Thailand. Fathers find plenty of night life. Mothers have maids and not much to do at home. They attend women's clubs, but are still bored. Drug problem thus results from many causes. [Students say kids all think they can handle drugs.]
REPORTER: Phil Brady

(Studio) Raids in remote north compounds of Thailand reveal $231 million of opium, morphine, and heroin in 2 days.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Brady, Phil;
Chancellor, John
Duration:
00:06:40

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