Southeast Neighborhood Action Board, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
1 open reel 1/2 inch video recording
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Title created by ACMA staff from title and interview location transcribed from physical asset.
The Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center is an adult methadone maintenance program funded by the Narcotics Treatment Administration. Its counterpart is the Anacostia Juvenile Program, which is a drug treatment center for youth. The Anacostia Juvenile Program is officially labeled a "drug abstainance" program and therefore uses no drugs. Both programs are more or less governed by SENAB (Southeast Neighborhood Action Board) in Anacostia. [Drug Abuse Council, Inc. (1974, June). Students Speak on Drugs: The High School Student Project. Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://archive.org/details/ERIC_ED110868 ]
The collection, Street Interviews, contains a series of interviews conducted with locals at various locations around Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood between April 3 and July 27, 1972. The five areas of focus for the street interviews include housing, unemployment, education, crime, and drugs. Interviews were conducted by James Campbell with Vilma Beraroucci running the camera. Most of the interviews were transferred to VHS in August 1990.
The head counselor/assistant to the director and a patient/former counselor of the adult rehabilitation center speak about the extent of drug addiction in Anacostia, the effects of drug use on home life, and how treatment and social service assistance falls short of the community's needs. They also discuss how the structure of society and the approach to rehabilitation is geared toward failure because of the lack of government support to stop drug trafficking and lack of social agencies to assist with housing and job placement. Both speak of their personal experience using drugs, including methadone for rehabilitation; heroin addiction versus methadone; and the stigma of being an ex-addict, including the lack of educational and employment opportunities.
Interviews and b-roll footage of rehabilitation center. Part of Street Interviews. Dated 19720725.
Street Interviews: SENAB, Record Group 09-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
African American neighborhoods
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