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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?"


t3.gstatic.com
 
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  
i149.photobucket.com

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  
s3.amazonaws.com
 
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  
i1.ytimg.com
/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...
 
2013-04-28 09:41:51 PM  

Ishkur: 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.


It also helped me create a checklist.
 
2013-04-28 09:42:16 PM  
But have you ever watched anti-drug PSA's...on weed?
 
2013-04-28 09:42:27 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.


To this day, I refuse to try anything that could cause hallucinations or psychosis.  The concept of not knowing what's real is terrifying to me.  As for everything else (well, except weed), I simply have no interest in it.
 
2013-04-28 09:43:11 PM  
Even as a kid, I thought these were stupid.

I didn't do drugs and didn't know of anyone who did. My dad explained to me how people who got addicted to drugs had lots of other underlying problems that caused them to turn to drugs to dull the mental pain. That made me ask "If those people are doing drugs because they're already screwed up, what good is some 'Just say no' ad going to do in making them stop?"

The one thing that kept me from abusing drugs when I was young was seeing what a high school age guy (older sibling of a classmate) went through while quitting smoking. He stopped cold turkey, almost had a psychotic episode from nicotine withdrawal, and hocked up black crap for a week as he lungs flushed the poisons out from his system. I figured if cigs did that, heroin and cocaine were probably way worse.
 
2013-04-28 09:43:14 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.


When I was in eighth grade and I entered high school for the first time, all the anti-drug videos (and some movied) had me convinced that high school bathrooms were crawling with people using drugs 24/7, and that everyone in high school used drugs except for a tiny minority of "unpopular" kids.

I avoided the bathroom for the first three days, but couldn't hold it on the fourth day and was genuinely surprised that nothing was going on in there.

Then, a few weeks later I walked in and saw a senior bent over in front of a mirror with his hands at his face.  It looked like he was snorting cocaine, and I got really scared and thought, "Oh God, here it is."  Then I saw he was just popping a zit.

Not a single person has ever (seriously) offered me an illegal drug, let alone "pushed" it on me.  Which, incidentally, is not how peer pressure works.  I have still never seen anyone use an illegal drug in person.  (Closest I came was seeing people brandish joints at protests in college.)  In fact, the only reason I know what marijuana smells like is I once used a public restroom in Boulder.
 
2013-04-28 09:43:18 PM  
no kidding. I grew up in the Just Say No era and the whole, this is your brain, this is your brain on drugs? any questions? BS. 20+ years later, I am happy to report my brain is comprised of nothing more than a couple of sunny side up eggs.  Yeah, I gave up pot a couple of years ago, but only because I became a step parent and kid knows both me and his dad used to smoke.  We just ask that he deal as fairly and honestly as he can without too much judgement/punishment within our household.

Off to make eggies, now! or hole in ones, if you prefer :)
 
2013-04-28 09:44:45 PM  

Ishkur: 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.


If you're old enough to remember reading "Go Ask Alice", the amazing TRUE STORY of a girl's trip through every single drug known to man (at that time)...you'll recall thinking what I thought by the end of that book: There is no way anyone would do all those different drugs. At least not at the same time. When I got older, I realized, of course, it was written by someone who had never done a single drug in his/her/their/its entire life.
 
2013-04-28 09:45:18 PM  
One of the better PSAs was the anti-marijuana ad that had some dude in his late 20s sitting in a basement going on about how marijuana didn't affect him, only for his mom to call out to him about finding a job.  I was visiting my parents' house and was in the living room with my stoner brother (unemployed, living at home) when the PSA ran.  I just looked over at him and he just cringed.


/dumbass self-medicates instead of dealing with his anxiety
 
2013-04-28 09:45:37 PM  
Ronin_S:
The one thing that kept me from abusing drugs when I was young was seeing what a high school age guy (older sibling of a classmate) went through while quitting smoking. He stopped cold turkey, almost had a psychotic episode from nicotine withdrawal, and hocked up black crap for a week as he lungs flushed the poisons out from his system.

Bull shiat.
 
2013-04-28 09:47:29 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.


Yep, same here.  Only ever smoked pot twice (first time when I was 18, second was in my mid-20s and in front of a lawyer... don't ask).  Also was a bit of a wuss when it came to smoking cigarettes: started just before my 18th birthday, and quit for good just before my 20th.  Meanwhile I'm weak-sauce when it comes to booze and have had blackouts after only a few drinks.

I know, I sound fun.  :-/
 
2013-04-28 09:49:52 PM  
No sh*t.
 
2013-04-28 09:50:28 PM  
This was seriously a blast to play:

narc.trailertheater.com

Arrest the trench-coat wearing crack pushers, avoid mullet-haired heroin dealers throwing syringes at you, fire rocket launchers at PCP-overdosing monsters tossing dumpsters (the drug makes them impervious to bullets), rescue prostitutes from killer rapist clowns, and gun down pot-smoking PTSD-addled Vietnam vets carrying M-16s. This game could not be made today.

3.bp.blogspot.com

Only the 80s could produce something this ludicrous, this sleazy, this ridiculous over-the-top portrayal of drug culture so unrealistic that it can only be considered satire. It's like everything Republicans actually believe in a concentrated capsule of Reaganism, the only drug that matters.
 
2013-04-28 09:51:36 PM  
i.imgur.com

/oblig
 
2013-04-28 09:51:54 PM  
Marijuana is my ANTI-DRUG :)
 
2013-04-28 09:52:04 PM  
I used to think drugs were cool, until I saw THIS!
 
2013-04-28 09:52:58 PM  
i199.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-28 09:53:24 PM  
"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D0BeLz5blM
 
2013-04-28 09:53:54 PM  
They need a PSA now that explains how weed is 170X more powerful than in the 80s. I could have used this crucial information.
 
2013-04-28 09:55:11 PM  
Dumb kids maybe...
 
2013-04-28 09:55:33 PM  
I loved playing Narc, and did so almost exclusively baked out of my mind whilst skipping class in Junior High.

That was the life.
 
2013-04-28 09:55:48 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: "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 image 431x289]


Is Picard face-palming at Star Trek's own 1980's anti-drugs episode...
i.imgur.com
...complete with innocent Wesley Crusher getting a full-blown anti-drugs lecture from rape-and-drugs-planet survivor Tasha Yar?
i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-28 09:57:01 PM  
dickard.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-28 09:58:16 PM  

Gyrfalcon: If you're old enough to remember reading "Go Ask Alice", the amazing TRUE STORY of a girl's trip through every single drug known to man (at that time)...you'll recall thinking what I thought by the end of that book: There is no way anyone would do all those different drugs. At least not at the same time. When I got older, I realized, of course, it was written by someone who had never done a single drug in his/her/their/its entire life.


Of course it was fake. You have any idea how many drugs there are? I mean, Alex Shulgin wrote this for crying out loud:

upload.wikimedia.org

He lists 1400 different types of designer drugs from the methyl group alone. In order to study their effects, he used himself as a test subject, and tested. every. single. one of them.

Dude's still alive. He's almost 90 and sharper than ever.
 
2013-04-28 09:59:01 PM  

Ishkur: The only thing anti-drug programs did was introduce us to drugs we didn't know existed.


That's pretty much it.  Anti-drug spots encourage drug use for the same reason the Virginia Tech shooting caused an increase in enrollment at Virginia Tech:   bad publicity is still publicity, and gives the product a prominent place in your consciousness.
 
2013-04-28 09:59:16 PM  

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

never junk a trustee

One more fix...


You can turn your back on a person, but you can't turn your back on a drug.
 
2013-04-28 09:59:23 PM  

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

That one was always laughable, even then.

This one, though, was always my favorite.


She was suffering from acute case of the PMS.
 
2013-04-28 10:00:12 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: DARE has been proven to be basically useless, DARE schools have no better results than non-DARE schools.


Actually worse I believe, but that doesn't seem to stop them.
 
2013-04-28 10:01:03 PM  
I was in school prior to all these PSAs ... and I didn't need them to stay clear of drug and drinking abuse.

CSB: had a kid in my neighborhood I grew up with - he was one grade behind me. He was ok, until he reached H/S. The then started going downhill. First, it was the occasional drink. Then full-on getting drunk by the time he was a sophomore. Sometime during his junior year, he started using drugs. His parents were in denial ... his friends (including me) didn't want to speak to the obvious. He started breaking into peoples homes to support his growing habit. The next year, he dropped out of school... and almost had to join the military to keep from going to jail.

I didn't need a PSA to keep me off of doing drugs... I had a real life example to watch.

/ epilog: it took several years... but my friend finally turned things around.
 
2013-04-28 10:01:08 PM  

Summoner101: Whatever happened to Rachel Leigh Cook?

She was cute.


The Devil's Left Hand: [i1.ytimg.com image 320x180]
/hot
//like RLC


Rachael Leigh Cook thread?

www.hdwallpapersarena.com
img.mypopulars.com
3.bp.blogspot.com
4.bp.blogspot.com
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-28 10:03:19 PM  

Ishkur: pot-smoking PTSD-addled Vietnam vets


Did these people pay any attention? The real damaged guys came home addicted to heroin.
 
2013-04-28 10:03:38 PM  

Ishkur: This was seriously a blast to play:

[narc.trailertheater.com image 480x360]

Arrest the trench-coat wearing crack pushers, avoid mullet-haired heroin dealers throwing syringes at you, fire rocket launchers at PCP-overdosing monsters tossing dumpsters (the drug makes them impervious to bullets), rescue prostitutes from killer rapist clowns, and gun down pot-smoking PTSD-addled Vietnam vets carrying M-16s. This game could not be made today.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 512x400]

Only the 80s could produce something this ludicrous, this sleazy, this ridiculous over-the-top portrayal of drug culture so unrealistic that it can only be considered satire. It's like everything Republicans actually believe in a concentrated capsule of Reaganism, the only drug that matters.


*flashback*

I'll remember that game could be heard in EVERY arcade at ALL times, since the attract mode was the same volume as someone who was playing it. And this plastered across the screen:

i291.photobucket.com

/i got next game
 
2013-04-28 10:05:09 PM  

MNguy: Ronin_S:
The one thing that kept me from abusing drugs when I was young was seeing what a high school age guy (older sibling of a classmate) went through while quitting smoking. He stopped cold turkey, almost had a psychotic episode from nicotine withdrawal, and hocked up black crap for a week as he lungs flushed the poisons out from his system.

Bull shiat.


He was perfectly fine afterwards.
 
F42
2013-04-28 10:06:49 PM  
there was an anti-drug ad where a kid said "take a chill pill"
 
2013-04-28 10:07:33 PM  
My favourite slogan was

jamjamtees.com
 
2013-04-28 10:08:29 PM  

Ishkur: Gyrfalcon: If you're old enough to remember reading "Go Ask Alice", the amazing TRUE STORY of a girl's trip through every single drug known to man (at that time)...you'll recall thinking what I thought by the end of that book: There is no way anyone would do all those different drugs. At least not at the same time. When I got older, I realized, of course, it was written by someone who had never done a single drug in his/her/their/its entire life.

Of course it was fake. You have any idea how many drugs there are? I mean, Alex Shulgin wrote this for crying out loud:

He lists 1400 different types of designer drugs from the methyl group alone. In order to study their effects, he used himself as a test subject, and tested. every. single. one of them.

Dude's still alive. He's almost 90 and sharper than ever.


Sasha Shulgin is a personal hero of mine, but last I heard he wasn't doing so well, mentally. This is probably mostly due to him just being really old.

He has the dubious of having had the UK government enshrine PIKHAL in law. As in - the law is that everything mentioned in there is banned! He also did a followup call TIKHAL.
 
2013-04-28 10:09:29 PM  

Cyno01: Summoner101: Whatever happened to Rachel Leigh Cook?

She was cute.

The Devil's Left Hand: [i1.ytimg.com image 320x180]
/hot
//like RLC

Rachael Leigh Cook thread?

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I came for this.

images.allposters.com
 
2013-04-28 10:09:33 PM  
I tried a lot of drugs, but was never addicted.

I'm the person who could do one line and no more.

Drink one glass of beer or wine and not need anymore.

Take two puffs off a joint or pipe and stop.

I have seen the other type of person and I'm glad I'm not like that.

Because drugs are really really great if taken properly

Cue bills hicks, didn't kill any body didn't rape anybody, didn't lose one farming job had a great darling time and went about my day
 
2013-04-28 10:09:56 PM  
 
2013-04-28 10:10:46 PM  

aerojockey: It looked like he was snorting cocaine, and I got really scared and thought, "Oh God, here it is."  Then I saw he was just popping a zit.


I think I'd've rather he be snorting cocaine...

/gross
 
2013-04-28 10:10:52 PM  
From my childhood, "Just Say No To Drugs" PSAs were usually followed with commercials for Miller Genuine Draft and NyQuil.
 
2013-04-28 10:11:37 PM  
That made for tv movie"Go Ask Alice" was cool to watch while stoned.It gave me a greater appreciation of"Dear Mr. Fantasy"by Traffic....Good times!
 
2013-04-28 10:11:44 PM  

Rreal: This is Crack..


We're gonna smoke some and make a special movie, just for kids!
 
2013-04-28 10:12:14 PM  

UsikFark: Did these people pay any attention? The real damaged guys came home addicted to heroin.


You gotta play the farking game to get the full experience of 80s Republicanism in its most distilled essence.

It's available on MAME or whatever your coin-op emulator of choice.
 
2013-04-28 10:12:59 PM  

UsikFark: You can turn your back on a person, but you can't turn your back on a drug


especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye
 
2013-04-28 10:13:24 PM  

TV's Vinnie: From my childhood, "Just Say No To Drugs" PSAs were usually followed with commercials for Miller Genuine Draft and NyQuil.


I don't remember the TV PSAs, but I do remember "Winners don't do drugs" on all the arcade games. Winners kill everyone, duh.
 
2013-04-28 10:13:25 PM  
I will add here for the record that IMHO drugs do not make you interesting or cool. Some very boring people do drugs and some normally interesting people become boring on them.

It's your life and you should do what you want, but make sure it's what *you* want.

Also nothing on gods earth will make you hurt like too much booze. Nothing.

/here endeth the lesson.
 
2013-04-28 10:13:46 PM  

ultraholland: and that crying indian gave me an overwhelming urge to pollute


Seeing episodes of Captain Planet did that for me.

/ What kind of a retarded power is "heart", anyway?
 
2013-04-28 10:14:18 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: UsikFark: You can turn your back on a person, but you can't turn your back on a drug

especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye


And wants you to drop in the tape deck right at White Rabbit's peak.
 
2013-04-28 10:16:34 PM  
Fark threads on drugs....more or less effective than PSA's from the 80's and 90's?  You snort, we deride.
 
2013-04-28 10:16:47 PM  
makemelaugh.com
 
2013-04-28 10:16:58 PM  

Dare to keep slugs off kids: That made for tv movie"Go Ask Alice" was cool to watch while stoned.It gave me a greater appreciation of"Dear Mr. Fantasy"by Traffic....Good times!


That was originally a book.  A fiction book that masqueraded as a memior.
 
2013-04-28 10:17:16 PM  
I had a "This is my brain on drugs, any questions" T-shirt.  I was thinking about that the other day.
 
2013-04-28 10:18:01 PM  
Far better drug education program.

"Kids, the following substances are relatively harmless, but we don't want you to do them because there's more to life than chemical dependency and you need to learn responsible portions... The following drugs can be used, but we do not recommend it because there are some serious consequences and they are extremely addicting... This last group of stuff you should not do because they are drugs for people who are already farked up."

Group 1: Pot, mild halucinagens, MDMA
Group 2: Stimulants, psychoalterative drugs, cocaine, opiates
Group 3: Crack, crystal meth, inhaling commercial-grade stuff
 
2013-04-28 10:18:35 PM  
Unintended consequences - how does it work?!
 
2013-04-28 10:19:59 PM  

phrawgh: Never trust a junkie.


But the government would never lie to you.
 
2013-04-28 10:20:18 PM  
Heard 'em all...
LSD will permanently damage your DNA
Use cocaine or crack one time and you will be hooked for life
A couple smoked weed and put their baby in the oven by mistake
Alcohol is totally ok if you are of age, but otherwise it will give your developing brain serious damage
Cigarettes are the leading cause of AIDS

But hey, if one white girl gets scared straight that's totally worth all of the money spent on the War on Drugs.  What's a couple tens of thousands of black men going to jail for possession, and then not being able to pass a pee test to get a job when they're released?
 
2013-04-28 10:20:33 PM  
I knew those ads were hollow propaganda even when I was 6 years old. Besides, all of childhood is guerrilla warfare against the authority of adults. If an adult tells you not to do something, it must be AWESOME.

I've used marijuana, don't care for it. No interest in harder stuff; I didn't even like taking Adderall for my ADD because of how it made me feel, so I turned around and flipped it to other kids who wanted to get high. I guess if a kid tried that today they'd charge him with drug trafficking and try him as an adult.

My drugs of choice are booze, caffeine and good, strong tobacco.
 
2013-04-28 10:22:20 PM  

Gyrfalcon: 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.


I had a kid wearing a DARE shirt offer to sell me pot once.
 
2013-04-28 10:24:15 PM  
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy:

My drugs of choice are booze, caffeine and good, strong tobacco.

Just what the alcohol, coffee and cigarette lobbies love, and what the government has been telling you to 'choose'.
 
2013-04-28 10:24:19 PM  
2tfu.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-28 10:24:25 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Far better drug education program.

"Kids, the following substances are relatively harmless, but we don't want you to do them because there's more to life than chemical dependency and you need to learn responsible portions... The following drugs can be used, but we do not recommend it because there are some serious consequences and they are extremely addicting... This last group of stuff you should not do because they are drugs for people who are already farked up."

Group 1: Pot, mild halucinagens, MDMA
Group 2: Stimulants, psychoalterative drugs, cocaine, opiates
Group 3: Crack, crystal meth, inhaling commercial-grade stuff


Uh... MDMA is a stimulant (amongst other things), and strong hallucinogens like LSD (is this what you meant by psychoalterative drugs?) tend to be totally non addictive, so don't really fit into group 2...

Otherwise sure honesty might actually help reduce harm here, which is where we should be aiming but we seem to have got too caught up in the moral crusade aspect of it all.
 
2013-04-28 10:24:33 PM  
Most drugs are just fine
 
2013-04-28 10:26:27 PM  

MNguy: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy:

My drugs of choice are booze, caffeine and good, strong tobacco.

Just what the alcohol, coffee and cigarette lobbies love, and what the government has been telling you to 'choose'.


2/10. Go back to your van, hippie.
 
2013-04-28 10:26:43 PM  

Salmon: Most drugs are just fine


This.
 
2013-04-28 10:28:53 PM  
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy:

2/10. Go back to your van, hippie.

Keep paying your taxes for government approved drugs, tool.
 
2013-04-28 10:29:07 PM  

moriarty23: But have you ever watched anti-drug PSA's...on weed?


Yes, and Reefer Madness on reefer is better than Cheech and Chong.
 
2013-04-28 10:30:04 PM  
It took reading this thread to jog my memory about anti-drug ads of the 80's - but I do recall they seemed to portray the non-drug users in the same light as Christian rock musicians or other clean-living, misguided dorks while the drug users generally looked urban and edgy.  Their idea of "cool" to an '80's teen seemed to be viewed through the lens of someone like George H.W. Bush.

Most of my schools had very little drug culture (except one) so I wasn't exposed to it much and when I was it was easy enough to see the anti-drug messages had lied their asses off, which called into question some of the anti-SD and AIDS prevention messages we were bombarded with.

Heavy Metal music, Dungeons and Dragons were also said to drive kids crazy, cause murders, promote occult.  There were fun things about the '80's but man, there were people in positions of power who seemed to hate anything fun.

Factor in the notion that the Soviets weren't really too serious about trying to kill us and you've got a real shiat situation.  I'm one of the youngest Gen-X'ers but it's not too hard to see where the cynicism and distrust comes from.
 
2013-04-28 10:32:42 PM  
 
2013-04-28 10:33:37 PM  

The Devil's Left Hand: [i1.ytimg.com image 320x180]
/hot
//like RLC


That one is pretty good actually. Speaking from experience.
 
2013-04-28 10:35:10 PM  

phrawgh: Never trust a junkie.


Just one fix!
 
2013-04-28 10:37:15 PM  

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

never junk a trustee

One more fix...

You can turn your back on a person, but you can't turn your back on a drug.


i155.photobucket.com
try that with this guy; let me know how that turns out
 
2013-04-28 10:38:57 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.


To be fair, going to a dispensary here in CO is pretty much the same as going to a 7/11 or something, you just point at what you want behind the counter, say how much you want, pay, and go... the joy of legalizing it means no trips to shady neighborhoods to deal with people who may or may not rob you at gunpoint when you get there.
 
2013-04-28 10:40:03 PM  
I'm more upset about the drug war on our society.  We have lost freedoms we will never get back as well as ruining the lives of millions.  In the end leaving drugs legal would have been much less dangerous for our society in the long run and we would still have some constitutional protections.
 
2013-04-28 10:40:05 PM  

TV's Vinnie: [makemelaugh.com image 600x768]




www.ashleyandlitsa.com
 
2013-04-28 10:41:13 PM  
Not surprising. The drug war folks always painted an image of an overbearing bully-type person trapping you in a corner, forcing you to make the decision to do drugs. When the reality is that one of your friends nonchalantly mentions that he does it, and doesn't care if you do them or not, you not only realize the scare tactics were bullshiat but now you're curious to try it. I do think the scare tactics work on kids in elementary school, by middle school it still sounds like a bad idea to half the kids, and then by high school the jig's up.

I always thought the idea of something that could alter your mind or the way you felt sounded pretty cool, and couldn't wait to give it a try.
 
2013-04-28 10:42:55 PM  

Salmon: Most drugs are just fine


in moderation which, admittedly, is difficult with certain drugs but if you exercise proper restraint you can avoid addiction to just about anything.
 
2013-04-28 10:43:30 PM  

Genevieve Marie: "Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D0BeLz5blM


You know you here those stories about kids taking acid and jumping windows cause they thought they could fly. Guess what? I'm glad they are dead! Cause that is the stupidest shiat ever. They would have never contributed anything meaningful to our society anyway. I mean you never see a geese jump out of a window when it firsts tries to fly. No! They start on the ground and get a running start.
 
2013-04-28 10:44:00 PM  

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

never junk a trustee

One more fix...

You can turn your back on a person, but you can't turn your back on a drug.

[i155.photobucket.com image 630x919]
try that with this guy; let me know how that turns out


That's some wanky blotter art, man.
 
2013-04-28 10:47:41 PM  
They never realized what every parent already knows.

Tell them not to do it, and they do it.
 
2013-04-28 10:48:19 PM  
www.pauldinello.net

"I thought I'd teach class today in a more informal setting. I was hoping we could shoot the breeze a bit, you know rap."

"Now there's been this herb that's affecting my class. Most of you know it by it's ancient Dutch name MaraHuughjuana"

(students laugh)

"Everything is funny on pot isn't it"

"Yeah I used to get stoned. A few years back I was pretty down. I'd just started this job, and my plugs weren't taking, my parents were brutally murdered and I was.. fat."

"So I turned to pot hoping it would solve my problems. And you know something. The only thing it fixed was my life."

"I know it feels good. I know we've all read the "scientific studies" that say it's non-addictive and there are no side effects."

"But scientist don't smoke pot. We do. And that's the difference."

"All I'm saying is if you want to get high, then be prepared to spend a lot of time laughing with your friends. Think about it."
 
2013-04-28 10:50:45 PM  
as a teen back in the 70's, I blame Dr.Demento and Cheech and Chong for making
me wanna try it...just a few of the songs on Dr.D...
1) Homegrown's allright with me, homegrown is the way it should be....
2) Frosty the dope man,was a turned-on dude by trade...
3) Who put the benzedrine in mrs.murphy's ovaltine?
4) Do the sinsemilla shake
And many others...
 
2013-04-28 10:55:46 PM  

Gyrfalcon: There is no way anyone would do all those different drugs. At least not at the same time.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-28 10:57:01 PM  
carlanthonyonlinedotcom.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-28 10:57:38 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [2tfu.files.wordpress.com image 800x600]


Since Carl Sagan helped design the messages on the Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft, which should exist safe in the interstellar void for a least a billion years, after all life and technology as we know it on Earth turns to dust, it so happens a recreational drug user helped to decide who got the last word. The very, very last word, as in, there'll be nobody still alive to say anything else. So, suck it, prohibitionists. Or launch your own starship with an anti-drug message, I guess.
 
2013-04-28 10:57:58 PM  

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

never junk a trustee

One more fix...

You can turn your back on a person, but you can't turn your back on a drug.


try that with this guy; let me know how that turns out


"...especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye."
 
2013-04-28 11:00:31 PM  
FTA, "The U.S. has spent millions of dollars since the 1980s on anti-drug ads. "

I wonder how many starving children could have been fed or given medical treatment, with that money.
 
2013-04-28 11:01:03 PM  
Just like those Truth anti-tobacco ads.
 
2013-04-28 11:01:07 PM  
 
2013-04-28 11:03:18 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: FTA, "The U.S. has spent millions of dollars since the 1980s on anti-drug ads. "

I wonder how many starving children could have been fed or given medical treatment, with that money.


None because they would have all died from drugs.
 
2013-04-28 11:03:39 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.


The devils choice. fark xanax, right in the ass.

farking xanax zombies.
 
2013-04-28 11:03:41 PM  
Perhaps they were simply overwhelmed and defeated in detail by the cunning schemes of Mssrs Sid and Marty Kroft?
 
2013-04-28 11:03:54 PM  
When I was in eighth grade the science teacher told us about a guy who took LSD and thought he was an orange and was terrified if anyone touched him he would turn into orange juice.

At that moment, I decided I needed to try this drug as soon as possible.
 
2013-04-28 11:04:15 PM  
I saw those commercials. I tried drugs. Story checks out.
 
2013-04-28 11:04:36 PM  
Ya know what would work?

A group of convicts saying that if you get caught with so much as one joint, you be visiting them and start bleeding from places you never thought possible.
 
2013-04-28 11:06:43 PM  
You know, maybe if the Democrats got together, picked out a pro-weed guy they liked, voted him into the Presidency, he could stop all of this f****** bu**** in its place. Stop it, declare victory like the champ we know he is, and show us all how it is done.
 
2013-04-28 11:07:19 PM  

Marshal805: Ya know what would work?

A group of convicts saying that if you get caught with so much as one joint, you be visiting them and start bleeding from places you never thought possible.


Ha, that doesn't work. If anything, that just makes you want to smoke it more.
 
2013-04-28 11:07:23 PM  
This is an egg:
upload.wikimedia.org

This is an egg on drugs:
misadventureswithandi.com
 
2013-04-28 11:07:43 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: 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.

The devils choice. fark xanax, right in the ass.

farking xanax zombies.


Injecting ground up pills is actually a bad idea, the fillers are not the stuff you would want chilling out in your bloodstream.
 
2013-04-28 11:08:20 PM  

MNguy: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy:

2/10. Go back to your van, hippie.

Keep paying your taxes for government approved drugs, tool.


what if I just prefer alcohol to other drugs? Can I still be cool?
 
2013-04-28 11:08:34 PM  
Some of my fondest moments of the 80s were getting baked out of my skull and giggling with my friends at that egg commercial.
 
2013-04-28 11:08:43 PM  
Sex on E + shrooms is the closest thing I have ever experienced to leaving the Solar System.
 
2013-04-28 11:12:27 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

And who would YOU cast in a modern remake of this glorious "Just Say No" vehicle?
 
2013-04-28 11:14:16 PM  

weltallica: [upload.wikimedia.org image 200x322]

And who would YOU cast in a modern remake of this glorious "Just Say No" vehicle?

 
2013-04-28 11:16:31 PM  

Purdue_Pete: [carlanthonyonlinedotcom.files.wordpress.com image 600x380]


Owing to how her life would turn out, I wonder what Dana Plato is thinking at that moment.
 
2013-04-28 11:19:04 PM  

Marshal805: Ya know what would work?

A group of convicts saying that if you get caught with so much as one joint, you be visiting them and start bleeding from places you never thought possible.


You know, that's not so much a reason to stay away from drugs as it is to hate the government and the people that tolerate it.
 
2013-04-28 11:19:13 PM  

weltallica: [upload.wikimedia.org image 200x322]

And who would YOU cast in a modern remake of this glorious "Just Say No" vehicle?


Oh, Christ, that was real? I thought I had just confabulated it from memories of various terrible anti-drug campaigns.
 
2013-04-28 11:34:35 PM  
Who would have thought that pumping a generation full of blatant lies and misinformation would result in them seeking out the truth as they aged? Its almost as if humans have a desire for knowledge and discovery! How absurd!
 
2013-04-28 11:50:19 PM  

TV's Vinnie: ultraholland: and that crying indian gave me an overwhelming urge to pollute

Seeing episodes of Captain Planet did that for me.

/ What kind of a retarded power is "heart", anyway?


What about the Smoggies?
 
2013-04-28 11:57:23 PM  
Try mega dosing and watching an Easter Seals telethon.
 
2013-04-29 12:25:47 AM  

Great Janitor: Just like those Truth anti-tobacco ads.


To be fair, the "Truth" adds were put out by the big tobacco companies as part of their settlement with the government, so they tried to make them as lame as possible to keep kids smoking cigarettes.
 
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