Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Califano Calls Addiction 'Public Enemy Number One'

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Califano Calls Addiction 'Public Enemy Number One'

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Joseph Califano, Jr., who served President Carter as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, has called for Americans to confront the continuing destruction and devastation caused by addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Likening it to environmental pollution, Califano said, "Substance abuse and addiction is America's public enemy number one--not simply the nation's top health and crime problem, but like a massive oil spill off a beautiful coast, a spreading menace that fouls just about every aspect of American life."

California, who now heads up the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CSA), released a comprehensive report on the costs of alcohol and other drugs in the United States. The report calls for more resources, energy and commitment to research, education, prevention and treatment.

"The bottom line is this," said Califano, "without an all-out attack on the nation's number one health problem--substance abuse and addiction'-reforms designed to provide health care for all Americans at a reasonable cost are doomed to fail."

Under the auspices of CASA, Califano recently created on alliance composed of leaders from education, law and law enforcement, health care, family and child welfare, religion, and labor and business. …

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