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The C. Everett Koop Papers

Title:
Letter from Queta Bond, Institute of Medicine to C. Everett Koop pdf (88,900 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Queta Bond, Institute of Medicine to C. Everett Koop
Description:
Koop's warnings against the health risks of marijuana smoking were part of the Reagan administration's increasingly aggressive campaign against the use of narcotic drugs.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (88,900 Bytes)
Date:
1982-07-19 (July 19, 1982)
Creator:
Bond, Queta
Institute of Medicine
Recipient:
Koop, C. Everett
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Marijuana Smoking
Substance-Related Disorders
Public Policy
Exhibit Category:
Reproduction and Family Health
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from James K. Stewart, United States Office of the Attorney General to C. Everett Koop (July 23, 1982) pdf (67,058 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record "Surgeon General's Advisory on Marijuana" (draft) [1982] pdf (160,646 Bytes) ocr (3,656 Bytes)
/ps/access/QQBCPW.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from William French Smith, United States Office of the Attorney General to C. Everett Koop (February 8, 1982) pdf (164,606 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/QQBCPX.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from C. Everett Koop to William French Smith, United States Office of the Attorney General (March 16, 1982) pdf (72,556 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number: 15
Folder Number: 21
Unique Identifier:
QQBCPV
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Sequential Files
SubSeries: July 1982
Folder: Marijuana, 1982 Jul
Transcript:
July 19, 1982
Dear Dr. Koop:
Dr. Robbins has asked me to respond to your draft Surgeon General's advisory on marijuana, which I think is very good as it stands and much needed. The suggestions that follow are not major but may be useful to strengthen your case.
First of all, many people brush aside the acute effects of marijuana demanding evidence of chronic effects before they can be convinced of the drug's harm. The committee felt that the acute effects of the drug were substantial. In addition to affecting perception and motor skills, there is good evidence that marijuana impairs short term memory and slows learning. Since surveys show marijuana is primarily used during school hours (rather than on weekends or at night), a student's ability to perform in school will be lessened.
In persons with underlying mental illness, use of marijuana appears to worsen mental symptoms. Even in those without mental illness, a surprising number report reactions such as panic or anxiety that they regard as unpleasant.
Under your list of known or suspected chronic effects of marijuana I would add to the last point " . . . the by-products of marijuana remain in body fat for several weeks with unknown consequences. The storage of these by-products increases the possibilities for chronic effects as well as residual effects on performance even after the effects of the drug have worn off."
If I can be helpful in any way don't hesitate to call (202)334-2383.
Sincerely,
Queta Bond, Ph.D.
Director, Divisions of Health Sciences Policy and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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2008-11-12
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