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Robert McFarlane, the former national security adviser who was...

WASHINGTON -- Robert McFarlane, the former national security adviser who was hospitalized last week for a drug overdose in an apparent suicide attempt, is making good progress and exercising daily, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

McFarlane, a key figure in the Iran arms-Contra aid scandal that has rocked the Reagan administration, was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital Feb. 9 after taking 25 to 30 tablets of the tranquilizer Valium.

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Police treated the incident as an attempted suicide.

Family spokesman John Henshaw, issued the following brief statement:

'Mr. McFarlane remains a patient in a medical unit at Bethesda Naval Hospital where doctors are pleased with his progress. He is up and around and maintaining a daily schedule which includes daily exrecise. The McFarlane family again wishes to thank the many people who have expressed their concern.'

Henshaw would not comment on why McFarlane remained in the hospital more than a week after the incident.

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