Text: H.J.Res.217 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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H. J. RES. 217
Designating the month of September 1989 as `National Alcohol and Drug
Treatment Month'.
March 23, 1989
Mr. FAUNTROY (for himself and Mrs. MORELLA) introduced the following joint
resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil
Designating the month of September 1989 as `National Alcohol and Drug
Treatment Month'.
Whereas alcohol and drug abuse and dependence are major public health problems
that are preventable and treatable;
Whereas the economic costs to society of alcohol and other drug abuse in
1983 alone were over $176,000,000,000;
Whereas the treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse provides an effective
means toward independence from substance dependence and is a necessary
element in solving the problems associated with such abuse;
Whereas more than  1/3  of the families of the Nation are affected by
alcoholism, and an estimated 10,000,000 Americans are problem drinkers
or alcoholics;
Whereas alcohol abuse during pregnancy is one of the leading causes in the
Nation of mental retardation in infants and is the only preventable cause;
Whereas over 70 percent of the pediatric Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
(AIDS) cases are related to intravenous drug use by one or both parents of
the infant;
Whereas drug abuse treatment is an effective way of preventing the spread
of AIDS among intravenous drug abusers;
Whereas alcoholism and drug dependence are illnesses requiring prevention,
treatment, and rehabilitation through the assistance and cooperation of a
broad range of Federal, State, and local health, law enforcement, and social
service agencies, families, employers, employees, and organizations concerned
about alcohol and other drug abuse; and
Whereas although treatment on request is an urgent national goal, the existing
waiting lists highlight the need for an increase in the availability and
quality of alcohol and other drug treatment services: Now, therefore, be it
  Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of
  America in Congress assembled, That the month of September 1989 is designated
  as `National Alcohol and Drug Treatment Month'. The President is authorized
  and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United
  States to observe that month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.