Drug Withdrawal

It was a very short crusade

Seated next to the First Lady for a special TV broadcast in September, Ronald Reagan initiated what he called a "national crusade" against drug abuse. Nancy Reagan, one of the most prominent crusaders in the cause, began stepping up her "Just Say No" campaign. It was the hot issue of the season: amid heavy media coverage and enthusiastic public fanfare, Congress provided overwhelming bipartisan support for tough new antidrug legislation. Eight days before the election, the President signed a bill raising federal drug-fighting funding by $1.6 billion, to $3.9 billion, proudly proclaiming that the outlay "reflects the total commitment of the...

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