NBC Evening News for Monday, May 22, 1978
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(Studio) Special report on problem of women and their addiction to legal drugs and alcohol. Mrs. Betty Ford's problem mentioned.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(No location given) Popularity and degree of abuse of Valium and similar drugs by women described. Methods by which most women become addicted to drugs and alcohol outlined. [Psychiatrist Dr. Robert SEIDENBERG - discusses psychological impact of drug dependence on person.] Background of Cyndie Maginniss' prescription drug problem given. [Mrs. MAGINNISS - tells how she became hooked on tranquilizers and effect it had on her and family.] Reasons for this being more problem among women than men listed, include physicians' attitudes. [National Institute on Drug Abuse director Dr. Robert DuPONT - cites those at fault in this problem. Says everyone involved must be better informed and responsible in drug area.] [Dr. Lawrence COHN - discusses view that it's not drugs, but how they are used that create problems.] Percentage of emergency room patients, there due to drugs, who are women mentioned.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin
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