Whoever makes the anti-drug advertisements should be fired.
Far beyond what I had bargained for, over the image of the douchebag was superimposed a sad, teary-eyed story about his struggle with drugs, despite being such a stud otherwise. At least that's what the anti-drug committee thought. In reality, the only mention of drugs on the poster basically amounted to a one-line, "Yes, this dude does drugs." The rest of it was basically fellating this 145lb chode for being so strong and athletic.
I don't get how a poster describing and depicting the perfect guy (or at least that intention) only to end it with "But he does drugs, so he's evil and going to die" accomplishes anything productive. They're essentially saying, "The point of this poster is not to convince you that drugs are bad (you're supposed to take that for granted because we said so), but that you should feel sorry for this super-athlete because he does drugs."
Fuck, if someone made a poster about how great Arnold Schwarzenegger is, but the last line said "but THIS god is FALLEN because he shoots STEROIDS" I'd take a trip right on up to the gym and get myself some trenbolone. It's almost like they're advertising drugs with these posters. I understand, they're putting people up on platforms and then trying to take them off of their platforms by saying "hey, he does drugs". But the message that's coming across is "if this guy does it, they must not be that bad".
People don't fall for ignorance anymore. The more they repeat "drugs are bad, m'kay", and the more people we see who do drugs and don't appear to be hurting from them, the more people are going to say "hey, maybe they're really not that bad". Which is stupid, but it's a failing of the anti-drug commission.
The fact is, drugs ARE bad, but I'm not going to sit here and repeat that mantra and expect anyone to accept that without even any examples of what it can do. Studies have linked marijuana use to decreased testosterone and increased risk of testicular cancer. Maybe marijuana users just natually have lower testosterone, but that's still enough for me to stay away from it (Arnold smoked pot so who the fuck knows - it's just a personal decision for me). Crack is so addictive that even the straightest man would suck cock for it if he was addicted to it.
There's another poster that does the same with alcohol, which isn't even illegal. And sure, binge drinking is a really stupid idea, but most people take it for granted that chances are, the worst that can happen is they'll spend the night in jail. And that's also stupid, because there are worse things that CAN happen. Drunk driving ads? There are good ones but most suck. Nobody gives a shit that they can get busted for it, they will take the back roads home. And most people are generally rebellious, so challenging an alcoholic to try not to get caught is a real bad idea.
But a drink or two won't kill anyone if they stay off the road, so why make some generic ad and end it with the line "alcohol is a drug" as if the smallest amount of it will rip you apart or turn you into a raging homicidal maniac?
Well on top of all this, a study in 2008 showed that anti-drug ads don't work and may have even encouraged some to try smoking pot. This was after a 10 year, $1 billion campaign (which used to be a lot of money) to plaster these ads everywhere you look. And maybe another study showed they did work, but as far as I'm concerned, all that shows is that they are inconclusive at best, and still pretty fucking stupid at the least.
Why would the government use ignorance education? Simple, so some of us will believe every goddamn thing they say without question, and the rest of us will do drugs anyway and destroy our lives. All while they get to justify spending our money to keep the moral high ground.