NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 11, 1980
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(Studio) Role of weather on poppy crops, and thus international heroin epidemic, noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) [ADDICT - describes new heroin.] Films of "shooting gallery" shown. [New York state substance abuse division director Julio MARTINEZ - comments on influx of drug from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.] [Drug clinic spokesperson Philip QUINN - notes increase of drug addiction among middle class.] [ADDICT - comments.] ["NANCY" - comments.] ["CARLOS" - comments.] (US customs spokesperson John WEYMAN - notes extent of smuggling problem.] [MARTINEZ - discusses government's knowledge of heroin bumper crop and lack of response.] White House drug summary document outlined on screen, discussed. [White House domestic staff spokesperson Lee DOGALOFF - dismisses claim of new heroin supply.] Proliferation of heroin addicts among Phoenix, Arizona, white middle class examined. [PEOPLE - comment on ease of obtaining drugs in Phoenix.] [Arizona drug program spokesperson Michael SCHWEGLER - comments.] Cut in New York City narcotics squad cited as example of enforcement problem cited. [MARTINEZ - comments.]
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee