27 November 2009 | MartinHafer
A great episode...and proof that drugs are for losers.
I am sure that some out there might find this entire episode funny--thinking how quaint it is that Joe Friday and the rest are so narrow-minded about drugs. However, the show is great proof that drugs are for total losers and it really does not go too far in its portrayal of drug abuse. Plus, unlike a show in the first season, the information here is right on target--while pot may or may not be worse than liquor--it sure ain't good--especially for kids! The show is about an epidemic of drug abuse in a school--a junior high school! It begins with a 12 year-old who nearly dies after overdosing on barbiturates. When they talk to the principal of the school, he, too, is upset about the drug problem and wonders out loud how to educate his faculty. Friday and Gannon offer to do a drug seminar--which does a lot to improve the teachers' ability to recognize the symptoms and sings of drug use.
Later, the pusher in the school is identified--a 9th grader. He seems to think his life and family is great, as they have no boundaries and his parents encourage him to use drugs. However, when the detectives make a raid on the home, what they find is discouraging and sad. In addition to two small children living almost like animals among the filth, a dead older sister is found upstairs. So much for "recreational drugs".
Regardless of exactly how bad you think drugs are, you can't help but be affected by the final scenes in the drug raid. It tears you apart to see such cute kids living among the garbage in the kitchen--it can't help but get your attention. If this show isn't a great example of why drugs are stupid, I don't know what is.