Violence and Public Health Issues

The surgeon general talked about violence in the U.S., particularly in urban areas, and its toll in the large numbers of young black males… read more

The surgeon general talked about violence in the U.S., particularly in urban areas, and its toll in the large numbers of young black males killed or permanently disabled. She advocates reframing the violence debate from a crime issue to a public health issue, emphasizing the prevention of firearm injuries. Following her prepared remarks, the surgeon general took questions from the audience. In answer to a question about legalization of drugs, she stated, “...I do feel that we would markedly reduce our crime rate if drugs were legalized, but I don’t know all the ramifications of this. I do feel that we need to do some studies.” This statement caused great controversy, and even President Clinton responded, saying he was not in favor of the legalization of drugs. close

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Program ID:
52787-1
Category:
National Press Club
Format:
National Press Club Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Dec 7, 1993
Last Aired:
Dec 12, 1993

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  • Dec 07, 1993 | 9:24pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 08, 1993 | 3:10am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 08, 1993 | 10:02am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 11, 1993 | 1:42am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 12, 1993 | 3:39pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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