I was absolutely floored by the conclusion of this episode.
Yes, it would have been a pretty standard episode of the series, and under Filmation's budgets, it could have been. And like "Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue", it could have sugarcoated its storyline of drug abuse (the drug in question called "Spin"--it's a topical applied to the hands) with a pat denoument and the same cheesy message. It didn't. When BraveStarr and Thirty-Thirty discover Jay in his treehouse, dead of a "Spin" overdose and Jay's mother wails loudly, followed by the fade out to commercial, I was left speechless, dumbfounded and incredibly impressed. It comes back to BraveStarr laying a wreath on Jay's grave as he delivers the final message to viewers, and one can only hope the children watching got the message.
Shattering the rules of the television kids' cartoon with tremendous effectiveness, "The Price" episode of BraveStarr deserves to be seen today.