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November 16, 1970

High School Drug Education, An Interim Measure

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Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1970;214(7):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180070091022

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To the Editor.—  Painfully aware of the magnitude of the drug abuse problem, 25 interns and residents from Strong Memorial Hospital, eager to do something about it, are combining academic medicine with involvement in community affairs. In doing so, these physicians have found an alarming number of cases similar to the following—a student in a suburban high school, deeply involved in drugs, and the source as well as the recipient of drug misinformation. The following example is a case in point.Tom is a 17-year-old suburban boy in Rochester, NY, who has been taking "acid" (lysergic acid diethylamide [LSD] cut with amphetamines, mescaline, strychnine, etc) since age 12 years. From ages 12 to 16 years, he "tripped out" every three to six weeks as well as intermittently using other drugs (marihuana, hashish, amphetamines, heroin) when acid wasn't available. Throughout this period his main drug use was with the hallucinogen group