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NCJ Number: 65411 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: COCAINE - A MAJOR DRUG ISSUE OF THE SEVENTIES - HEARINGS BEFORE THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL, 95TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION, JULY 24, 26, OCTOBER 10, 1979
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Select Cmtte on Narcotics Abuse and Control
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 143
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Publication Number: SCNAC-96-1-9
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PHYSICIANS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL TESTIFIED ON THE EXTENT OF COCAINE USE, ITS HEALTH AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES, AND INVESTIGATION BEFORE A HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NARCOTICS ABUSE AND CONTROL.
Abstract: IN AN OPENING STATEMENT, THE CHAIRMAN OF A SPECIAL TASK FORCE ON COCAINE EMPHASIZED THE INCREASING USE OF COCAINE BY MANY SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION AND ITS HIGH POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE. A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF SUMMARIZED THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROGRAM TO COMBAT COCAINE ABUSE. THE RAW SOURCES, MANUFACTURING PROCESS, AND SMUGGLING ROUTES FOR COCAINE WERE DESCRIBED BY A MEMBER OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION. A DETAILED STATEMENT GIVEN BY AN OFFICIAL FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA) PROVIDED DATA ON COCAINE'S COST, CHARACTERISTICS OF USERS, REACTIONS TO THE DRUG SUCH AS HALLUCINATION AND DEPRESSION, AND PROBLEMS CAUSED BY SMOKING COCA PASTE. IN ORDER TO DISPEL THE NOTION THAT COCAIN IS A SAFE AND RISK-FREE SUBSTANCE, A PSYCHIATRIST AND A PHYSICIAN SPECIALIZING IN PHARMACOLOGY DISCUSSED THE EARLY HISTORY OF COCAINE, ITS PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS, DANGERS TO HEALTH FROM SMOKING COCA LEAVES, AND THE GLAMORIZATION OF COCAINE USE. A FLORIDA MEDICAL EXAMINER PRESENTED DATA ON COCAINE-RELATED DEATHS, AND HE CONCLUDED THAT COCAINE COULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SAFE RECREATIONAL DRUG AND THAT PRIOR USE OF COCAINE AND RAPIDITY OF ABSORPTION HELP DETERMINE A FATAL REACTION. ATTORNEYS AND POLICE INVOLVED IN THE COCAINE CONSPIRACY CASE, U.S. V. TILLERY, ET.AL., DESCRIBED THEIR INVESTIGATIONS IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. METROPOLITAN AREA. THE HEARINGS CONCLUDED WITH THE PUBLIC INFORMATION DIRECTOR OF PHOENIX HOUSE FOUNDATION DISCUSSING EASILY PURCHASED DEVICES THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN USE TO CONVERT COCAINE TO COCA PASTE, FOLLOWED BY PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF EXPERIENCES WITH COCAINE BY TWO RESIDENTS OF PHOENIX HOUSE, A DRUG TREATMENT FACILITY. (MJM)
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug law enforcement units; Drug smuggling; Drug sources; Drug treatment programs
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