Medicine: Pep-Pill Poisoning

The use by college students of a new, powerful but poisonous brain stimulant called Benzedrine last week kept college directors of health in dithers of worry. Cases of over-dosage have been uncovered at the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago. Elsewhere students who, while cramming for final examinations, collapse, faint, develop insomnia, or show a slowed pulse rate are under suspicion of using the substance. They call it "pepper-up," "pep pills."

Swallowed as a tablet or inhaled as a gas, Benzedrine at first shrinks mucous membranes, raises blood pressure, quickens the heart, sharpens...