NAMES IN THE NEWS : Abuse Center Impresses Barry

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports</i>

Washington Mayor Marion Barry says he was inspired by what he saw during a tour of a drug treatment center here.

Barry, who faces 14 drug charges, spent more than four hours Tuesday with patients and staff members at the Black Alcohol-Drug Abuse Service Information Center. The outpatient program aimed at blacks claims an 85% success rate.

“I’m inspired already,” Barry said.

Oval Miller, the program’s director, said he invited Barry because he knew the mayor was interested in starting a similar program in Washington.


Barry is charged with cocaine possession and lying to a grand jury about drug use. After his arrest in February, he spent seven weeks in treatment for what he said was abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs.