Public Administration ETDs

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The drug addiction in this country has reached overwhelming proportions. With Viet Nam Veteran addicts returning to this country, the already scarce and overloaded narcotic treatment facilities cannot handle the case load. However, even before the addicted armed forces were thrust upon the scene in this country, drug abuse had developed and sustained a culture in this country. This thesis shows the extent of the problem in two geographical areas where the National Institute of Mental Health has chosen to concentrate multimodality treatment centers for narcotic addicts. In the two programs investigated, one (Illinois) has proven to provide a viable addict/establishment alliance working toward a solution of the addiction problem. In the Albuquerque program, such a consortium has not yet proven itself. I attribute this to the plethora of intergovernmental arrangements that has caused the addict to adopt the typical addict/"straight" relationship existent in the so-called drug culture. All of the facilities, e.g., Medical school, detoxification units, pharmacological centers are here at the addicts' disposal. A whole study could be conducted on the drug culture as it relates to the establishment-oriented treatment facilities. Perhaps only time will yield the answers to a workable consortium. The addicts are already using Quebrar as a vehicle through which they can establish contact with the straight world. This paper deals with that vehicle, its inception, its interrelationships with the addict community and the results, both positive and negative that it has generated.

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Public Administration

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School of Public Administration

First Committee Member (Chair)

John Mace Hunger

Second Committee Member

Daniel U. Henning

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