Changing U.S. Drug Policy

Archive Report

New Federal Drive on Hard Drugs

President's Concern With Resurgence of Heroin

The federal government is preparing another assault on drug abuse. In a post-Christmas statement issued at his Vail, Colo., vacation retreat, President Ford endorsed a Domestic Council study calling for new efforts to stem the rising tide of heroin addiction and the abuse of other hard drugs. The President said he would send Congress a message outlining his anti-drug proposals in the next few months.

Whether this new offensive will reach the proportions of President Nixon's celebrated 1971 “war” on drugs is not yet clear. Nixon characterized heroin addiction as “Public Enemy No. 1” and declared “if we cannot destroy the drug menace in the United States, then it will surely destroy us.” In the ...

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