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in our movies and history books, with victims left in dark alleys,

rundown apartments or secluded wooded areas, and the media there to

inform us of the lawlessness which is threatening the very fabric of

our lives.

This vision is very threatening, scary.

But when I hear

drug related deaths, somehow the vision is altered.

First of all, the

media usually is not there to help us formulate our vision.

It just

isn't very spectacular and so much easier to ignore.

It doesn't

threaten us in the same way that drug related murders do, even if the

body count is very similar.

It doesn't occupy the headlines in the metro

sections of newspapers week after week, or provide the obscene pictures

on our nightly news broadcasts. And if it isn't reported, it must not be news, therefore, it doesn't present a problem. At least it doesn't present the kind of problem that demands our attention. Yes, I am

convinced that the number of media worthy drug related murders would


I am also equally convinced that the number of drug related

deaths would be increased.

Good health and long life is no more a by-product of heroin, PCP,

cocaine and its dirivatives than is tobacco and cigarettes.

If we

accept that cigarette smoking is responsible directly or indirectly for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, can any reasonable person expect less from legalizing drugs that have a much greater destructive potential, both physically and mentally? Folks, the proponents of legalizing narcotics are running a shell game. What their agenda is, I do not claim to know. what seems absolutely clear is that their agenda is not participation as a supporter in the struggle against


drug abuse. Still, I feel there is some thing to be gained from this dialogue, besides trashing the proponents of legalization.

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Obviously I don't think much of legalizing narcotics, but there is still the question of what shall we do to win this so called war on


In closing, I would like for us to consider some of the things

that I believe have brought all of us together today around the issue of drug abuse. Perhaps in reviewing them we may be directed toward

searching even harder for solutions.

Hopelessness, privilege, a

twisted sense of values, and duplicity are the things I have in mind.

Hopelessness is the primary reality of one segment of our population. Some have turned to drug abuse to ease their pain and find escape from

a reality they feel ill equiped to deal with.

Others in this same

category, without the educational background to compete in our structured society, have used their entrepreneurial skills on the wild side.

They are the young local drug sellers who will put me or anyone else

in their graves in an attempt to hold onto what they view as their

ticket to success.

We have nothing to threaten them with.

Many of

their lives have been worst than anything the criminal justice system

has been able to devise.

Privilege is the primary reality of another

segment of our population.

Some have turned to drug abuse for recrea


They are confident that the term "dope fiend" doesn't apply to
They are educated, not deprived in the traditional sense, and


do not commit street crimes.

Still they don't realize that drugs and

recreation are diametrically opposed.

A twisted sense of values is

shared by both groups and is partially responsible for their susceptibility to drug abuse. It allows one group to feel they have no choice

and the other to feel that they are marching to the tune of a different


Duplicity describes the way that our governmental agencies and

policy makers have dealt with the issue of drug addiction during my

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By that I mean while official governmental policy has not

overtly supported drug addiction, many of its policies have contributed

to it, 1.e. the lack of anti-drug abuse education and addiction

treatment facilities in major Black Ghettos during the 1940's, 50's and 60's, plus closing the only two federal treatment centers in Lexington, Kentucky and Texas. During that period of time it was not considered a national problem. Minorities and poor whites were mostly

addicted to heroin, while middle and upper income whites were still

dealing with the myth of cocaine suiting their lifestyle and it not

being addictive.

Drug addiction did not become a public problem until

it reached suburbia in the late sixties and early seventies.



It is also duplicity if our government policy requires us to

support drug dealers in the fraudulent name of fighting communism, or

stopping drug related deaths.

A twisted sense of values can only

create havoc and confusion. As a drug abuse consultant, I continually meet youngsters from a variety of environments. The common denominator among them is drug abuse with one or more of the things I've mentioned as a contributing factor. If nothing else I sincerely hope that these hearings illustrate very forcefully that drug abuse is not the root problem. Drug abuse is a very destructive symptom indicating a number of other problems. If this is not recognized, we may be doomed to continually treating symptoms in the form of drug abuse, or other behaviors that are equally destructive. I hope my testimony will help to move

the issue of drug abuse prevention beyond dialogue toward accomplish


Thank you.


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my career goal is to develop strategies and

programs, either as an administrator or consultant, that will assist urban youth in recognizing alternative, positive choices that are available to them which are strong enough to counteract the often negative choices they are faced with daily. PROFESSIONAL KPERIBRNCB




Provides consultation services to child care and

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Consultant/Facilitator Provides expert consultation and experiential

learning workshops for alients which focus on issues involving critical choices in their lives. CONTR FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, INC. WASHINGION, D.C.

1982-1987 Director/Corporate Secretary Co-Founded The Center For Youth Development, an

organization which researches, develops and administers programs with services to assist urban youth at risk. Supervised the staff and managed daily operations of the Center's programs, including program planning and effective service delivery; participated in proposal preparation and contract negotiation, maintained productive relations with agencies and their personnel, facilitated experiential workshops and support group designs, consulted with the Executive Director and the Director of Training for effective collaboration in program plaming and management.



Ass't Director/Residential

Responsible to the Director of Residential Life

to implement university programs and policies. Selected and supervised support staff and service vendors, designed and facilitated staff training workshops, counseled students and staff, evaluated staff performance, prepared budget and staff projections.




Independent Radio Program

Produced and hosted nationally distributed

arimdnal justice series, The Inside/Outside Media Collective, which highlighted the spectrum of criminal Justice issues. Designed, produced and hosted YOUTH AT RISK a radio production that provided a forum for youth, community people, experts and laymen to discuss youth problems and suggest strategies that will assist youth to adapt positive life styles. ALPHA SCHOOL (Therapeutilo Commumity) BROOKLYN, N.Y.



Liaison to social service agencies that provided

support to our alients in the areas of health care and income maintenance; provided consultation to counselors for crisis management and conflict resolution among alients.



Senior Field Supervisor Monitored the delegated programs of the

Neighborhood Youth Corp to determine the level of youth participation and the quality of educational and recreational programming. Recruited and supervised youth gang members between 14-20 years old into Neighborhood Youth Corp programs. Provided supervision and direction for the summer staff. Provided liaison to the community relations office of the local police precinots. Designed/facilitated weekly drug abuse workshops. FICATION

A.A.S Public Administration, Kingsborough Community

college, 1975; B.A. Political Science, School of Government and Public

Administration, American University, 1977; (NIL) National Training Laboratory courses; Human Interaction Laboratory, Training Theory and Practice,

Management Work Conference in Interpersonal Competence. BIOGRAPHICAL LISTDINGS AND HORS

Past member, Connaunity Advisory Board, WPFW-FM Radio,

member of Pacifica Foundation;
Member: Friends of RAP, Inc.;
Past member, of the National Board, Offender Aid and

Who's Who Among Students In American Colleges and

Universities, American University Washington, D.C.;
Student Activities Gold key award, Kingsborough Community

College, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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