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picture, cutbacks on funding for treatment and drug prevention
activities, and the consequences will be disastrous for the
entire country.

There is also increasing data to support current hypotheses that
heroin use - a a social phenomenon - can be expected to spread
in relatively short periods of time from the core of major
urban areas to medium-sized and small cities and even into the
rural heartland of America.

Obviously, the correct response to this potentially
crippling situation is not one of unbriddled outrage and bitterness.
But rather one of deliberate, rational, coordinated action on
local, state, and federal levels.

Futhermore, it seems to me that an effective strategy for the
control of drug addicition must ensure a coordinated plan
involving law enforcement, treatment, and prevention or education.
A fundamental assumption, however, must be that the drug addict is a
sick person and not a criminal. A report of the American Bar Association
Committee on Addiction and Crime makes this point:

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