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Cathy Downs, Regis Toomey, Paul Kelly, Ethel Barrett, Noel Reyburn
heroin | strychnine
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Narrator: “This is the story of a narcotics file... This is the story of the information gathered by the narcotics squad...” (0:02)


Police Lt. Lacey: “Organized narcotic traffic is big business... That’s what Carter did when he went to where the junk sells best...” (0:04)

Lacey tells high school coach Bettger, “Anderson tells me that you have reason to suspect narcotic traffic in your school.” (0:05)

Narrator: “As a result of questioning Mrs. Bowman we questioned many other people... mostly direct questions concerning narcotics... Why should we be so interested in heroin?... drug addiction among adolescents has become appalling... number of arrests of young drug addicts was nearly twenty times that in 1946.” (0:08)

Narrator: “... we had every reason to believe that Raymond Bowman... was a confirmed heroin addict.” (0:12)

Detective Reagan tells Undercover detective Ames, referring to undercover detective Anderson, “Let’s see if we can have him committed.”
Ames: “He’ll tell you himself he’s crazy.”
Reagan: “Looks like I’m just about ready to get into the small time junky racket.” (0:14)

Bettger tells a group of PTA parents, “And so the only way to combat this problem is that we learn the facts about the dangers of narcotics...”
“Why yes, Mrs. Bowman, but unfortunately I have facts and figures which indicate that students and other young people from coast to coast have a working knowledge of the illegal use of narcotics...”
”How many of us really know the symptoms of narcotic addiction?” (0:19)

Drug dealer Jimmy tells student Raymond, “You got yourself hooked...”
Raymond: “I don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t get fixed.” (0:22)

Sign: “NARCOTICS DIVISION” (0:26, 1:05)

Lacey tells Anderson, referring to Jimmy, “He may be a peddler, or possibly a user...” (0:27)

The coroner tells the detectives and Bettger, referring to Ray’s death, “Either an overdose of heroin, probably self-administered, or a hot shot. Both were probably self-injected... probably strychnine...”
Anderson tells Bettger, “Whenever the supplier or pusher gets word that the authorities are about to close in on the user... if the addict isn’t trusted... they make sure that his next fix is his last one.”
Lacey: “Sometimes when they don’t get the addict they get the law enforcement men. Whatever way you take it, dope is murder.” (0:29)

Mrs. Bowman grieves when she learns that Ray has died. (0:29)

Narrator: “The narcotics investigation department is a little different... Narcotics men work whenever there’s work to be done... wondering what would make a guy in his right mind take a shot of heroin.” (0:30)

Lacey tells Mrs. Bowman, “The stigma attached to the subject of narcotics makes it impossible to approach the public on the matter...” (0:32)

Lacey tells Anderson, referring to Jimmy, “Self-injected or no self-injected, I’m going to find a way to get him.” (0:33)

Reagan: “Crazy, Julie.” (0:37)

Lacey listens to a recording: “How big’s your habit?”
He asks Dick, “Were you aware that narcotics changed hands at that party?” (0:39)

Anderson questions a young man: “I said who was his pusher; where’d he get his H?”
”What happened the first time you tried using heroin?”
”You’ve got a 6-8 cap habit. We figure you’re a peddler... Now we think you gave strychnine to Ray Bowman.” (0:42)

Narrator: “Sometimes heroin works on our side when we arrest an addict or bust a junky... The narcotic squad... The addict lives by the clock. He lives from shot to shot. His whole existence depends upon his next injection... his enslaved body will demand another ever increasing shot of heroin.”
Young man withdrawing in jail.
Doctor struggling with patient in withdrawal.
Detoxification, or withdrawal of drugs from an addict is excruciatingly painful... About 12 hours after the addict has taken his last shot the withdrawal symptoms begin... There are only two things known to science that can give him relief, death or heroin... Since it is impossible under existing laws to hold an addict without positive proof of possession... You can hide drugs almost anywhere... Meanwhile... an effort to pinpoint... pushers and supply dealers. Many times the narcotic squad receives valuable assistance... Under... the strain of being withheld from drugs the addict has named the suspected pusher...” (0:43)

A suspect tells Jimmy, “This... friend of mine wants to get high.”
”Just a dry popper... no habit.”
Jimmy removes capsules from a flashlight. (0:48)

A detective tells the desk sergeant, “Investigation of narcotics.” (0:50)

Narrator: “Whenever a pusher or a dope trafficker is arrested, or burned down... news travels along the grape vine of junkies, and the other pushers panic... the price of a fix is doubled or tripled... dope starved addicts will take desperate steps to procure their needed drugs... He will... do anything for one shot of heroin... the narcotic victim will turn to crime to finance his habit... dope addiction is definitely one of the most expensive methods of committing suicide.” (0:51)

Thug A asks thug Don, “Are you crazy?”
Don: ”I gotta have a fix.”
”Like maybe he got a panic...”
”But... I gotta have a fix.”
Thug A: “Thought you said you weren’t getting hooked.” (0:55)

Narrator: “Reports by radio enabled narcotics men to follow the pursuing police car.” (0:57)

Lacey tells Anderson, referring to an escaped suspect, “Because the first thing he’ll be looking for is another shot of heroin.”
”He’s got the shakes, hasn’t he?”
”By this time somebody should have told you that the most likely cure for the drug habit is to leave it alone in the first place.”
”This kid is a heroin addict.” (1:00)

By telephone Lacey asks the DA, “You know the guy we’ve got down there on the federal drug violation?” (1:08)

Narrator: “James Milton was found guilty of the murder of narcotics officer Edwin Carter... hopelessly ensnared in the web of addiction. Not until the last narcotics trafficker has paid his debt to society will the work of your narcotics squad be finished... the horror of dope enslavement... ” (1:09)