Letter to Judge Prettyman in Response to Report of the President's Advisory Commission on Narcotic and Drug Abuse.
Dear Judge Prettyman:
I want to express to you--and through you to the other members of the Commission on Narcotic and Drug Abuse--my appreciation for the long and arduous attention you have devoted to one of the Nation's more difficult problems.
This Administration shall continue the concern which President Kennedy evidenced over the abuse of narcotics and other drugs, and I have directed the appropriate departments and agencies to review carefully the recommendations of the Commission and submit their comments and views in order that our efforts in this field can be strengthened and improved.
Our thanks go to the members of the Commission, and certainly we all look forward to the day when the human suffering and misery occasioned by the abuse of narcotics and other drugs will no longer require our attention.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
[Honorable E. Barrett Prettyman, Chairman, President's Advisory Commission on Narcotic and Drug Abuse]
Note: The Commission's recommendations are published in its final report, dated November 1963 (Government Printing Office, 123 pp.). The report was released by the White House on January 24, 1964, together with a list of 105 consultants and advisers, federal, State, and local officials, and other experts who were consulted by the Commission in its study of the narcotic and drug abuse problem.
See also "Public Papers of the Presidents, John f. Kennedy 1963," Item 121.
Lyndon B. Johnson, Letter to Judge Prettyman in Response to Report of the President's Advisory Commission on Narcotic and Drug Abuse. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/240105