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Drug Abuse / PCP #46138

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 13, 1977
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(Studio) Earlier report on nation's most dangerous new drug fad, PCP, or angel dust, noted. Symptoms resulting from use of drug described.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given) PCP has become drug of choice for not only inner city youths, but also for those from higher class backgrounds. Kids from Beverly Hills aren't as willing to reveal identities as counterparts in poorer sections of town, but experiences are basically the same. [GIRL - describes experiences in overdosing. Is now 17, was then 13.] PCP is made in home labs and suppliers for teens are usual other teens. Mike is supplier for his Los Angeles HS. [MIKE - doesn't feel guilty, but rather like physician giving medical Those who get sick are like those who take too much medical Doesn't take any responsibility for it.] To show how easy it is to get angel dust, Mike allows hidden camera to follow him shopping; he wears hidden microphone; other details noted. (Film shown.) Reporter describes details of attempts to get drug and transaction, while Mike talks to pushers. [MIKE - asks one pusher if stuff is good. Tells another he can give him $2 now and rest later.] Police in Los Angeles say PCP is most potent and dangerous drug currently in circulation; other experts agree if trend not reversed, it will eventually replace heroin as nation's number 1 drug abuse problem.
REPORTER: Geraldo Rivera

Rivera, Geraldo;
Walters, Barbara

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