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Special Segment (Look-Alike Pills) #518510

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 14, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Chicago, Illinois) Dangers of pills that resemble amphetamines but are actually some other substance, often more dangerous, examined. [Steve LEWIS - recalls stroke.] [Victim's mother Dorothy BROMMERICH - comments on daughter Lisa's death.] Lewis' and Brommerich's use of look-alike pills and general problems posed by large demand of black market amphetamines discussed. [Toxicologist John J. SPIKES - discusses danger of taking look-alike pills as opposed to amphetamines.] Details of dangers given. [LEWIS - calls taking phony pills.] Lewis' physical disabilities as result described. [LEWIS - comments on inability to tie own shoes.] [Steve Lewis' FATHER - comments on dealers.] No. of look-alike pill distributors in United States with trade's center in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, mentioned; extent of look-alike pill industry in Lewistown detailed. [Postmaster Paul BARTHOLOMEW - cites amount of distributing business] [Distributor and manufacturer Clifford KERSTETTER - explains reasons for basing in Lewistown.] Kerstetter's manufacturer of Dex pill noted. [KERSTETTER - acknowledges doing well financial] [Illinois attorney general Tyrone FAHNER - calls distributors sleazy.] Fahner's efforts to have legislature introduced making it illegal to sell look-alike pills mentioned. [LEWIS - acknowledges his luck.]
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen

Mudd, Roger;
Nykanen, Mark

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