Vintage Anti-Drug Film Explains Addiction—With LEGOs

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This totally bizarre film from the late '60s or '70s uses such a surreal parade of images to discourage drug use that it probably runs a risk of encouraging it instead. "Once you start some things, you just can't stop -- drugs are like that too," goes the song at the beginning of this excerpt, narrated by the singer and anti-gay activist Anita Bryant. She goes on to compare drugs to skipping, biting one's nails, stealing from the cookie jar, and rope swings. The film is available in its entirety at the Internet Archive, and there's a fun, four-minute remix by Tim Planagan on YouTube.

   
Stills from the film

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/.

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