Letter from Salvador E. Luria to the editor of The New York Times
In this letter to the editor, Luria protested the Nixon administration's "insisting on an essentially criminal approach
to the [drug] problem." Almost a year later, on 17 June 1971, President Nixon named drug abuse as "public enemy number
one in the United States," and announced the creation of the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. This marked
the beginning of the U.S. government's "war on drugs." This letter appeared in the newspaper on 26 April 1970.
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1970-03-13 (March 13, 1970)
Luria, Salvador E.
New York Times
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Reproduced with permission of Daniel D. Luria.
Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.