Kids' View of Use and Risks Troubles U.S. Drug Czar

By Louis J. Rose Of the Post-Dispatch Bill Bryan of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this story. | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 13, 1994 | Go to article overview

Kids' View of Use and Risks Troubles U.S. Drug Czar


Louis J. Rose Of the Post-Dispatch Bill Bryan of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this story., St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


More schoolchildren than ever before are using drugs and think it's both OK and safe to do so, the nation's drug czar warned here Thursday.

"That's the most troubling thing of all," Lee P. Brown told people here who are active in anti-drug efforts.

"The children have a perception of the greater availability of drugs," Brown said. "They do not see drug use as being as dangerous as before. Increasingly, more children think it's OK to use drugs."

He said he based his beliefs in part on a two-year study by the University of Michigan of drug use among a group of eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors.

Brown is a former Houston police chief and New York City police commissioner. Last June, President Bill Clinton named him director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy.

Thursday morning, Brown toured the BASIC treatment and rehabilitation center with its executive director, Oval L. Miller. Brown listened as about 50 current and former patients gave their names and spoke briefly of their history of drug or alcohol abuse. Several told candidly of their lapses, as well as successes.

The center, at 1501 Locust Street, was founded here in 1983 and has served thousands of African-American men, women and children on an outpatient basis. …

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