For some time now, I’ve been downloading OTR episodes of detective dramas including Dragnet, which sometimes dealt with the topic of drug violators. Usually the drug in question is heroin, and a typical scenario is that, as the addict in custody enters the throes of withdrawal, he’s given a glass of milk. Now I love a nice cold glass of fresh milk as much as anyone, but is there something about it that makes it specifically useful in opiate withdrawal, or is it just meant to provide nutrition, as addicts may often neglect their other bodily needs for food and water? Is the addict usually able to keep milk down?
Another drug-related trope from the 1960s was “controlling people through LSD”. IRL this notion was advanced in the course of the Manson family prosecutions, and it was a fictional plot device as well. In the now almost forgotten exploitation film Wild In The Streets, a kind of youth-fascist party takes over the government “with the help of LSD”, as one synopsis puts it. My experience being around people who were tripping does not lead me to think that LSD would help anyone control them; in order to control someone you need to make them do things, and I don’t see how tripping on acid was supposed to make you compliant and willing to jump up and perform tasks. In the case of the Manson gang, is there really any sound basis for the idea that LSD was an instrument of control?