Here's some VHS ephemera that gives the post-apocalyptic library education series Tomes & Talismans a run for its money. In 1988, actor Richard Kiley starred in Fast Forward Future, a three-part U.S. Department of Education-funded video series about a fortune-telling computer that warns children about the dangers of marijuana. From the synopsis:
The series follows Maggie, Zack, and Casey who have their share of big and small problems that they don't know how to handle. The Fast Forward Future Machine and the mysterious electronic Mentor (played by Richard Kiley) help each of the three explore the nature of their problems and the past effects or possible future effects of decisions they have made or can make.
The folks Everything is Terrible have dredged up a particularly mind-blowing sequence from this film, which I can only assume occurs inside a bathyscaphe that doubles as a vaporizer.
BONUS: This unrelated (albeit horrifying) reptilian drug dealer PSA from the 1980s.
[Via Laughing Squid]