Health Services Amendments: Hearing, Ninetieth Congress, Second Session ... July 12, 1968, 11-12. sējumi

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Considers. S. 3094, to amend the Public Health Act to extend regional medical programs for the fight against heart disease, cancer, stroke, and related diseases. S. 2989, to amend the Community Mental Health Centers Act to provide for the construction of special facilities for the treatment of alcoholics and narcotic addicts coordinated with facilities providing comprehensive community mental health services. S. 1508, to provide for a comprehensive program for the treatment and control of alcoholism.
 

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38. lappuse - be amended to require specific kinds of offensive conduct in addition to drunkenness." Perhaps the strongest barrier to making such a change is that there presently are no clear alternatives for taking into custody and treating those who are now arrested as drunks. The Commission believes that current efforts to find such alternatives to treatment within the criminal system should be expanded. For example, if adequate public health facilities for detoxification are developed, civil legislation could...
36. lappuse - Drunkenness arrest practices vary from place to place. Some police departments strictly enforce drunkenness statutes, while other departments are known to be more tolerant. In fact, the number of arrests in a city may be related less to the amount of public drunkenness than to police policy.
36. lappuse - The arrest of the drunkenness offender The police do not arrest everyone who is under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes they will help an inebriate home. It is when he appears to have no home or family ties that he is most likely to be arrested and taken to the local jail.
36. lappuse - The two million arrests for drunkenness each year involve both sporadic and regular drinkers. Among the number are a wide variety of offenders — the rowdy college boy; the weekend inebriate; the homeless, often unemployed single man. How many offenders fall into these and other categories is not known. Neither is it known how many of the offenders are alcoholics in the medical sense of being dependent on alcohol. There is strong evidence, however, that a large number of those who are arrested have...
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65. lappuse - Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands according to their respective needs for assistance under this part.
38. lappuse - Cross-examination could be conducted on "observations" of a police officer such as "bloodshot" and "glassy" eyes, "staggering gait," "odor" of alcohol on defendant's breath. The testimony of an expert medical witness on behalf of the defendant could be elicited. The extent of police time allotted to handling drunkenness offenders varies from city to city and from precinct to precinct. In most cities a great deal of time is spent. The inebriate must be taken into custody, transported to jail, booked,...
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