SOURCE: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

December 19, 2006 12:20 ET

Statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman and President, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

on Miss USA Being Given a Second Chance by Donald Trump

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 19, 2006 -- The following is a statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman and President of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University:

"I congratulate Donald Trump for giving Tara Conner a second chance at keeping her Miss USA title under the condition that she enter rehab and deal with her substance abuse problem. Underage drinking and drug use are the most common problems that confront young Americans, not just in New York City but in every part of this country. I wish her well on her rehabilitation."

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