alcohol

Task Force Report
Task Force Report
From editor's note: "Thousands of alcoholics every year, most of them on public aid, go thru the alcoholism treatment center at Northeast Community Hospital, a haven for welfare loafers and often a waste of time for patients who seek help. Conditions inside the hospital are described in this last article in a series by Task Force Director Pamela Zekman and reporters Jay Branegan, William Crawford and William Gaines." In order to research this story, reporter William Crawford posed as an alcoholic and was admitted to Northeast Community Hospital for "treatment."
William Crawford Jr.
Tribune Task Force member William Crawford reports that one particular patient at Northeast Community Hospital, an alcoholic, was encouraged by his doctor to visit the hospital when he wasn't feeling well, resulting in six visits to the hospital in six months.
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