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Crime Rate / Drug Abuse / PCP #46122

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 12, 1977
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(Studio) Cntry.'s crime rate declines for 1st half of year, but FBI says decline was only in property crimes, like burglary, and that violent crimes, like rape and assault, incrd. Drugs remain major factor in crime. Federal officials now say chemical PCP is nation's most dangerous new drug fad. Survey done for National Institute on Drug Abuse finds 1/3 of children interviewed have used PAP.

(No location given) Chemical PCP is used to spice up marijuana and even oregano; its street name is "angel dust" and it's become rage, mostly among teens. Chemical high from PCP lasts sometimes for days and can be deadly. [Psychiatrist Dr. Sidney COHEN - notes effects produced by PCP are so close to schizophrenia that it's often misdiagnosed as schizophrenia. Cites other effects drug can produce, include convulsions, high blood pressure and suspected brain damage.] PCP was originally developed in 1950's as human anesthetic, but was never mktd. because of erratic &often dangerous side effects; is legally used now only as animal tranquilizer. Drug pushers then discovered manufacturing process of PCP, using cheap chemicals legally available; DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) officials estimate there are many home labs, mostly in South California, producing PCP for rest of nation Film shown of young girl brought to Harlem Hospital, diagnosed as probably having overdosed on hallucinogenic drug, probably PCP, producing severe episode of paranoid schizophrenia, most common side effect of bad trip on drug. All experts seem to agree on dangers of using PCP, but even more upsetting is age of children using it. At one Los Angeles school, it has become favorite drug of kids as young as 13. [BOY - likes way it makes him feel. Has recently smoked angel dust; got it from streets. Says it's all over. Gets money to pay for it here and there.] [GIRL - started out on pills and drinking, got into marijuana and then angel dust. Smokes it every day and doesn't think it will damage brain. Can get it easily.] PCP can't be blamed on Mafia or foreign cntry., since it's strictly homemade. Steadily incring. number of deaths resulting from drug overdoses is being attributed to kids getting dusted.
REPORTER: Geraldo Rivera

Reasoner, Harry;
Rivera, Geraldo

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