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Substance Abuse Identification Kit - - 1970. 
Waco, Texas: Health Edco, [circa late 1970s]. Waco, Texas: Health Edco. [circa late 1970s]. Leatherette briefcase with metal clasps and a plastic handle. Measuring 13.5" x 18.75". Interior has two hinged dividers that pull back to reveal two Plexiglas covered compartments containing facsimiles of various legal and illegal drugs. Near fine with light rubbing, tape residue on the outside of the briefcase, and three of the pill samples beginning to break apart. The kit was obviously used as part of an anti-drug program, possibly for middle or high school students. When opened for display purposes, one side of the briefcase shows various drugs broken down by category (narcotics, depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens) and is clearly labeled "facsimile" and in parenthesis "fake." The other side highlights specific drugs (marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, and stimulants) along with related paraphernalia, we assume in case students were confused at the head shop. In addition, the inside of one divider gives information about drug related health issues while the other sports an anthropomorphic rooster displaying various symptoms or signs of drug use, such as "dilated" or "conscripted pupils," "slurred speech," "disorientation," "pro-drug t-shirts," and "cocaine spoon jewelry." Given the type of drugs displayed, the notable absence of crack cocaine, and the rooster's style of dress, we date this to the late 1970s. While Edco continues to produced educational items related to health care, including anti-drug, we could find no other reference to this substance abuse kit. Rare. .
[Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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