Peek Into Late 1960s Drug Culture

"I feel it's easier to get acid or speed than it is to buy bubblegum at a store, because (at a store) you have to wait in line."

Featuring songs from Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and Janis Joplin, the University of California documentary Drugs in Our Culture explores the pervasive use of narcotics among American youth. In the clips above (excerpts from the 30-minute film) the filmmakers talk to teenagers and experts about a range of issues including accessibility, usage, and deterrence. One young woman even compares purchasing drugs to buying bubblegum, “kids aren’t stupid, they really know where to get drugs. I feel it’s easier to get acid or speed, than it is to buy bubblegum at a store because (at a store) you have to wait in line.”

Shot in San Francisco, the film includes a walk through Haight-Ashbury, lots of psychedelic wind chimes, and a "commercial" from Country Joe and the Fish advocating LSD usage.

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Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

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