Substance abuse is not a new thing; it is actually an old concern. Proof of this is the existence of classic films with substance abuse as the main subject. Here are 3 of the best classic movies that dealt with the issue of substance abuse:
Reefer Madness by Louis J. Gasnier, 1936
This film depicts the all-important values that parents must know and the dangers of using cannabis. The film was renamed “Tell Your Children” and in 1971, the National Organization for Marijuana Reform Laws bought it which they distributed in school campuses for college students and pot smokers to view and learn from.
The Man with the Golden Arm by Otto Preminger, 1955
Frank Sinatra stars as ex-con and card shark Frankie who struggles with his heroin addiction at the same time dealing with the needs of his wife on a wheelchair. The film became controversial and was released without the Motion Picture Association of America’s seal of approval.
Days of Wine and Roses by Blake Edwards, 1962
The film is about two ordinary Americans who succumb to alcohol in their quest to deal with their problems. The director himself pledged to become a non-drinker for a year and went into substance recovery after doing the film.