NEW YORK — "The widespread use of illegal drugs at all levels of American society" will be the subject of a 10-part series of special reports scheduled for public television's "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" over a two-week period, starting April 14.
The series, "The War on Drugs," is scheduled to take up "a substantial portion" of the nightly "NewsHour" through April 25. It is to consist of taped documentary reports and on-air interviews and debates, involving the entire "NewsHour" staff as well as several public television stations around the country.
Lehrer said the aim is to explore the economic, social and governmental facets of drug abuse, looking at South American drug sources, U.S. border crossings, usage and treatment on the part of Americans and efforts to stem the tide.
"Drugs present a major social problem in this country that seems to be growing rather than lessening, and all of us on the staff felt we needed to give it the kind of attention it deserves," Lehrer said.