CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 30, 1978
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(Studio) Lessening concern of authorities with regard to smoking of marijuana and continuing dispute over its safety and morality stated. Report is on new drug that youth increasingly turn to and often smoke with marijuana: Angel Dust.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Los Angeles, California) No. of overdoses of Phencyclidine PCP, or Angel Dust, by persons at recent California Jam rock concert reported Traffic in Angel Dust from New York City to San Diego noted. [YOUTH - says he can get it anywhere on street in sections of New York City just by asking.] [2nd YOUTH - enjoys effects of smoking dust.] Unpredictability of drug and dangers of it described. [3rd YOUTH - describes experience on Angel Dust trip.] PCP noted as developed as animal tranquilizer and picked up by drug culture because of cheapness and ease in making it; is said by researchers to be more dangerous than LSD. [University of California at Los Angeles psychiatrist Dr. Sidney COHEN - describes possible effects of Angel Dust.] Problems for police in deciding amount of force to use in subduing Dust users and in drying up sources of drug cited. Films shown; drug rehabilitation officer demonstrates ease in getting drug in New York City and police make raid in Orange Cnty., California. Ease of making Angel Dust at home stated; congress legislature pending to make ingredients harder to obtain noted. Warnings to teachers in Los Angeles with regard to average age of Dust users cited. [Drug rehabilitation worker Leslie BRAGG - can't say whether it's addictive, but has been told by people that they can't stop.] Deaths as direct or indirect result of drug noted.
REPORTER: Harold Dow