NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles, California: Don Oliver) [Addict "CHRISTINE" - comments on heroin.] Unavailability of treatment programs for poor addicts noted. [Addict "LOUIS" - comments on cocaine addiction.] Drug treatment programs noted expensive and crowded. No. of addicts in United States given. Heroin substitute called methadone discussed. [Addict "REGINA" - comments on methadone.] Critics quoted with regard to methadone treatment. [Center for Addictive Problems Dr. Marc SHINDERMAN - comments on treatment.] Many addicts noted not wanting help. [ADDICT - says friends know treatment exists but don't want it.] Cocaine noted having no substitute Cost of cocaine treatment programs discussed. [Recovering ADDICT - comments on problems after leaving hospital.] Half of recovering addicts noted back on drugs after leaving treatment facility. Researchers quoted with regard to those who succeed in remaining drug-free. Crack cocaine noted widely used by poor. [Haight Ashbury Detox Center Dr. Alex STALCUP - says crack addicts usually don't have insurance] Need for government-funded rehabilitation programs emphasized. [Clinic director Jeraldine BRYANT - lists benefits on rehabilitation.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Tomorrow's segment of series announced.