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History of Drugs in America Video & Audio

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness, the infamously over-the-top 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film, in which use of the drug leads directly to madness, rape, murder, and suicide. The film is 68 minutes long.

Reefer Madness (excerpts)

A brief trailer featuring just a few memorable highlights from Reefer Madness (1936).

Any Questions?

"This is your brain on drugs," a famous televised Public Service Announcement from the 1980s.

Parents Who Use Drugs Have Kids Who Use Drugs

"I learned it by watching you," another memorable Public Service Announcement from the 1980s.

Drugs in Vietnam

A news report from 1969 depicts American soldiers in Vietnam "shotgunning"—smoking marijuana through the barrel of a rifle. One soldier says, "Get really stoned, then, you know, who cares about the war? This war..."

Declaring War on Drugs

Richard Nixon's speech announcing the War on Drugs.

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