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Letter from President Eisenhower to Oveta Culp Hobby

This document relates to drug addiction and narcotics., December 9, 1954. Dear Oveta: Today I was visited by a good friend of mine from New York. He has devoted some years of his life to the problem of drug addiction and the suppression of the narcotics traffic. He has many criticisms to make of Federal agencies charged with this responsibility, but he has nothing but praise for a man in your Department named Dr. Victor H. Vogel. He gives the names of one or two other people whom, he says, will vouch in the same all-out way for Dr. Vogel's integrity and his competence in this field. He named Dr. Herman Hilleboe, of the State Health Service of New York, and Governor George Craig of Indiana. Dr. Vogel has written several document, including one sizeable book on this general subject. He maintains that the problem of minimizing drug addiction in our country is largely a health problem. He makes the further statement that during the former regime Dr. Vogel incurred the displeasure of Mr. Ewing and others in authority and was really "submerged" and the government thereby deprived of his great knowledge and competence. My friend believes that if you should bring in Dr. Vogel as your principal adviser on this matter in connection with your work as a member of the Narcotics Commission, you would be doing a tremendous favor to the entire Commission. My friend believes further that this problem is growing by leaps and bounds, far beyond the comprehension of most laymen. He reiterates his belief that the Federal government is not doing a good job, but could easily do so if only they would get the right people in charge and use the knowledge of experts like Dr. Vogel. If you would like to talk to me further about this matter, drop in to see me or give me a ring on the phone. Sincerely, [circular stamp "The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library"] The Honorable Oveta Culp Hobby, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare ["Washn" cro...
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Dwight D. Eisenhower Diary December 1954 (2), Dwight D. Eisenhower Diary
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