NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 22, 1973
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(Studio) National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse reports alcohol is US's worst drug problem, heroin is next and marijuana is minor problem.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) [Commission Chairperson Raymond SHAFER - says government should make more effort to prevent drug abuse rather than concentrating on harsher drug use penalties. Says harsher penalties suggested by Nixon would backfire because judges would hesitate to convict, knowing of severity of consequences.]
REPORTER: Ron Nessen
(DC) Nixon feels Cmsn.'s views are too permissive. Nixon submitting own plan to consolidate drug abuse agencies into new agency within Justice Department
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani
(Los Angeles, California) Drug most used by school children is alcohol, but little attention is paid to this problem. [School health expert Dr. Ruth RICH - says 2/3 adults use alcohol. No stigma attached to its use.] [Alcoholism expert Norm SOUTHERBY - says parents don't realize alcohol is dangerous drug.]
REPORTER: Jack Perkins
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