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America's War on Drugs

September 23, 1986

A hearty bravo for Morse and his thoughtful, incisive and thorough essay on the recent paranoid drug purge sweeping the country. As he so cogently put forth, the price of Nancy Reagan's current passion is prodigious, costing this nation dearly in every respect--from the threatening of civil rights to rising crime rates to the sheer money lavishly and ill spent.

One thing the article fails to mention. None of this recent moralistic and repressive craze addresses the central problem of narcotics addiction: the alienation, hopelessness and poverty that lead to most drug abuse.

ROBERT W. McCULLOUGH

Santa Monica

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