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(NPR)   New research shows that the anti-drug PSAs from the 80s and 90s actually encouraged children to try drugs   (npr.org) divider line 160
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2013-04-28 07:32:04 PM
"Where did you learn to do this stuff?"

"YOU, ALRIGHT! I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU!"

"Oh well that's cool. I thought you got it from that colored boy from down the block, he slings swag. So are you holding or what?"


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2013-04-28 07:56:37 PM
"You have people laughing at the person who's doing drugs, and calling that person names that are like so two years ago," Wagner says.

geek-news.mtv.com
 
2013-04-28 08:15:36 PM
i.imgur.com

R.I.P  "VD IS FOR EVERYBODY NOT JUST FOR THE FEW"
 
2013-04-28 08:16:41 PM
Just say, "Thank you!"
 
2013-04-28 08:24:23 PM
Drug commercials from the eighties caused my high cholesterol.  My brain goes good with sausage and home fries.
 
2013-04-28 08:47:09 PM
misadventureswithandi.com
I always like eggs.
 
2013-04-28 09:02:46 PM
I must have been one of the few that all the scary drug talk worked with, because I was terrified of trying drugs as a kid. I was afraid I'd jump off a building in a bad trip or something. I had no idea how to differentiate say pot, from LSD, from Speed or Angle Dust or all the other drug lingo.

I just said "no" when offered. No one made fun of me, but I didn't become part of their "circle" either. At the time, I might have felt a little left out, but I have no regrets for sure.

Later, in college, I learned enough to find pot fairly harmless (although with my personality, it can make me paranoid). Due to a couple of paranoid times with pot, I absolutely refused to try anything stronger. I'm all for legalizing marijuana, though, because I believe alcohol is WAY more dangerous and it's legal.

I'm still a nancy nerd, though.
 
2013-04-28 09:04:15 PM
And because they lied about marijuana, kids are now doing heroin and shooting up xanax and meth because clearly the problems all those drugs cause must be a lie too.
 
2013-04-28 09:04:31 PM
*Angel Dust

/ftfm
 
2013-04-28 09:10:02 PM
Living proof
 
2013-04-28 09:10:12 PM
Just say "no!"

/but we really mean yes
 
2013-04-28 09:10:46 PM
worked for me
 
2013-04-28 09:11:31 PM
JUST SAY NO

...to that weak ass shiat your dealer is trying to rip you off with. Get a better connection, dude.
 
2013-04-28 09:12:25 PM
Well, duh. I have the same problem with MADD commercials. They're so laughable that they reduce the credibility of their cause.
 
2013-04-28 09:12:46 PM

SecretAgentWoman: I must have been one of the few that all the scary drug talk worked with, because I was terrified of trying drugs as a kid. I was afraid I'd jump off a building in a bad trip or something. I had no idea how to differentiate say pot, from LSD, from Speed or Angle Dust or all the other drug lingo.

I just said "no" when offered. No one made fun of me, but I didn't become part of their "circle" either. At the time, I might have felt a little left out, but I have no regrets for sure.

Later, in college, I learned enough to find pot fairly harmless (although with my personality, it can make me paranoid). Due to a couple of paranoid times with pot, I absolutely refused to try anything stronger. I'm all for legalizing marijuana, though, because I believe alcohol is WAY more dangerous and it's legal.

I'm still a nancy nerd, though.


It worked on me too, I've never done anything stronger than vodka. The only time I've knowingly been in the same room with pot was the evidence room when I interned with a police department.
 
2013-04-28 09:13:01 PM
I very clearly remember an anti-drug talk I sat through in elementary school describe hallucinogens as drugs that make you hear colors and see sound.

I was in kindergarten.

How farking cool does it sound to a 5 year old to be able to hear colors and see sounds? That sounds absolutely amazing. A couple friends and I spent the rest of the day pretending to do exactly that.
 
2013-04-28 09:13:38 PM
All my karate students from the late 80's had to take DARE courses in middle school. It was mandatory in that district.

Two that I know of were subsequently arrested in high school for dealing (one meth, one jimsonweed [of all things]).

Proving nothing, of course; but in general kids had a much more cavalier attitude towards drugs than we did when I was  a wee lass.
 
2013-04-28 09:13:51 PM

SecretAgentWoman: I must have been one of the few that all the scary drug talk worked with, because I was terrified of trying drugs as a kid. I was afraid I'd jump off a building in a bad trip or something. I had no idea how to differentiate say pot, from LSD, from Speed or Angle Dust or all the other drug lingo.

I just said "no" when offered. No one made fun of me, but I didn't become part of their "circle" either. At the time, I might have felt a little left out, but I have no regrets for sure.

Later, in college, I learned enough to find pot fairly harmless (although with my personality, it can make me paranoid). Due to a couple of paranoid times with pot, I absolutely refused to try anything stronger. I'm all for legalizing marijuana, though, because I believe alcohol is WAY more dangerous and it's legal.

I'm still a nancy nerd, though.


2nd

/only done pot 3 times
//30
///DARE worked on me
 
2013-04-28 09:14:07 PM

CapeFearCadaver: [misadventureswithandi.com image 400x299]
I always like eggs.


That one was always laughable, even then.

This one, though, was always my favorite.
 
2013-04-28 09:15:02 PM
and that crying indian gave me an overwhelming urge to pollute
 
2013-04-28 09:15:12 PM
well, you must admit the basic psychology of the state making a big deal makes a martyr out of counter-culture. Oh, and also the dirty lies they told.

Drug education is absolutely a class every school needs -- and it's too bad they're afraid to really do any.

/Everyone needs to know if you dont make a foil bowl thick enough you can inhale aluminum vapor.
 
2013-04-28 09:15:14 PM
DARE probably worked on me. Plus I was too lazy/cheap to buy drugs.
 
2013-04-28 09:15:29 PM
YOU DON'T SAY.
 
2013-04-28 09:16:28 PM
DARE was the best pro-drug program ever.

If they lied about marijuana, what else were they lying about?

Plus id doesnt help when alcohol is so wide spread and you teach kids about prohibition.
 
2013-04-28 09:17:05 PM
Yeah, that "this is your brain on drugs" thing never made much sense to me.  I'm more a fan of scrambled eggs than fried, but I'd certainly prefer fried eggs over raw.

/ That is, until I saw Rocky and realized that drinking raw eggs after running up and down stairs will make you win at boxing.
 
2013-04-28 09:18:16 PM
I've never taken any Schedule 1 drug. I suppose some of that anti-drug propaganda had its effect, but mostly I didn't want to be around the types of people who I saw who were involved in taking the drugs. Nowadays, if I were in WA or CO, I might try some marijuana, but in general I shy away from that kind of thing because of the people I'd have to interact with.
 
2013-04-28 09:20:58 PM
nobody ever says i want to be a junkie when i grow up
 
2013-04-28 09:21:39 PM
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As a teen in the 80s smoking weed this slogan cracked me up.
 
2013-04-28 09:21:42 PM
Never trust a junkie.
 
2013-04-28 09:22:21 PM
Remember them well.

But I started doing drugs because it was fun and didn't require me drinking a handle of Jack.

Still don't understand those PSAs. So drugs will turn my brains into breakfast?
 
2013-04-28 09:22:42 PM
Cobra Dude scared the pee out of me
 
2013-04-28 09:23:56 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I've never taken any Schedule 1 drug. I suppose some of that anti-drug propaganda had its effect, but mostly I didn't want to be around the types of people who I saw who were involved in taking the drugs. Nowadays, if I were in WA or CO, I might try some marijuana, but in general I shy away from that kind of thing because of the people I'd have to interact with.


That is a big reason why I've never wanted to do drugs. Even friends I've known for years that recently started slinging weed for a little walk-around money seem scummier.
 
2013-04-28 09:24:34 PM
I said no.

It's just that no one told me to watch out for psychiatrists.

I was as straight-laced as you could imagine. Too straight-laced. And at 14 I was taken to a psychiatrist, who after seeing me for a few minutes put me on Ativan indefinitely. A drug more difficult and dangerous to withdraw from than heroin.

I know I sound like a soap box or maybe like a scientologist. It's hard not to sound annoying to people when this comes up. It just annoys me when I see them complaining about the ads not working. There were people like myself who wanted to do the right thing and didn't see it coming.
 
2013-04-28 09:25:05 PM
I think the biggest credit to my drug free lifestyle goes to the D.A.R.E. class I took in 6th grade.
Every Tuesday an obese Officer Reinhart would come to my classroom and tell us all about the War on Drugs while powdered sugar and donut filling dripped from any of his multiple chins.  I realized that if the War on Drugs was still making police work for guys like him, that the best use of my future tax dollars would be to go ahead and do my part to win that war.
 
2013-04-28 09:26:04 PM
 
2013-04-28 09:26:16 PM
I've never tried drugs. I think it had more to do with people I knew.
For example: my aunt's limp was apparently a result of her cocaine problem from before I was born. My mom told me in such a way that said "we don't talk about it." Now that I'm older I have no idea how the two could be connected but who the hell wants to do a drug that could cause permanent damage like that?

Also, seeing that I have an alcoholic mother, I generally tried to shy away from substances that could become a habit-forming escape from life.

/only drink socially and I'm a cheap drunk.
 
2013-04-28 09:28:05 PM
As they say, there is no such thing as bad press.  It would probably be better to say nothing at all.
 
2013-04-28 09:29:23 PM
Of course they failed.  They were about as evenhanded as a Jack Chick tract and about as accurate.  The only thing that money really did was enrich a few people who now keep Rifftrax in business and only entertain children who are much, much smarter than people think.  And to get a good chuckle at seeing how badly done propaganda today really is.
 
2013-04-28 09:30:04 PM
Sounds about right.  I remember anti-drug commercials that featured the Ninja Turtles, Pee-Wee Herman, or awesome skateboarding cool kids weaving and jumping over shades-wearing teen dealers who were trying to give them glowing, electic-blue syringes or whatever. ("Be an original!  You're freeeeee to saaaay no!")

It all looked so exciting and glamorous.  They should have stuck to the basic Faces of Meth approach.  Shown a bunch of wrinkly crackheads with no teeth bellowing about their miserable lives.
 
2013-04-28 09:31:22 PM
i liked the do drugs so you can work harder so you can buy drugs so you can work harder so you make more money so you can buy more drugs so you can work harder so..... psa advert. the one with the guy walking in circles.

your farking employer has you working your ass off and is happy about it. he doesn't care if you are drugged as long as you show up and can flip the burgers. if it isn't pro drug i'm not drunk right now. and i am.
 
2013-04-28 09:33:16 PM
I remember the anti-drug talk. There were always these weird stories about how some guy tried acid and thought he was an orange so he peeled all his skin off. All the kids were all shocked and horrified that drugs could make you do such things, but I reasoned it out: Why do people do drugs if these experiences are so unpleasant? The correct answer was, of course, that they weren't.

So we were being lied to. It took me all of about 10 minutes to figure this out while the speaker was still on stage telling us how bad being high was.

The only thing anti-drug programs did was introduce us to drugs we didn't know existed.
 
2013-04-28 09:34:12 PM
One of my favorite drug-war memories was at a hotel where some kids had gone to some DARE lunch and group hug, and were sitting in the lobby waiting on their ride home, passing round some helium balloons, breathing it in and talking like chipmunks. Yes, they learned well.
 
2013-04-28 09:35:03 PM
Whatever happened to Rachel Leigh Cook?

She was cute.
 
2013-04-28 09:35:24 PM
Direct from the office of no shiat.
 
2013-04-28 09:36:18 PM
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2013-04-28 09:38:16 PM
DARE has been proven to be basically useless, DARE schools have no better results than non-DARE schools.
 
2013-04-28 09:39:02 PM

cretinbob: And because they lied about marijuana, kids are now doing heroin and shooting up xanax and meth because clearly the problems all those drugs cause must be a lie too.


Don't forget smoking.

I started smoking because of the anti-smoking PSAs. farkers lied so many times I just gave up and said "All things in moderation.
 
2013-04-28 09:40:37 PM
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/hot
//like RLC
 
2013-04-28 09:41:11 PM

phrawgh: Never trust a junkie.


never junk a trustee
 
2013-04-28 09:41:31 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: phrawgh: Never trust a junkie.

never junk a trustee


One more fix...
 
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