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Julia

I was always the kind of kid/teenager who totally fell for all the scare tactics about drugs, smoking, etc. (Lame? In my mind I was smarter than the idiots who would try anything for a good time.)

If somebody had shown me all those before-and-after pictures as a teenager, I doubt if I would have been willing to take so much as an aspirin the rest of my life. Although I would have needed Pepto Bismol after seeing them.... a true dilemma....

Luca Masters

I'm reminded of this story on E2 about the kid who paid attention in drug education and decided to start answering the questions: http://everything2.org/index.pl?node_id=729784

Erik

They said serotonin? I'm pretty sure that should be dopamine. Dopamine is much more involved with pleasure (e.g. orgasms), and last I checked, meth acts by blocking dopamine reuptake. That's not to say that serotonin receptors aren't indirectly affected; they're just not the target.

Chief of the Cubicle Police

Wow. Crystal meth single handedly turned this guy into "Tom Hanks" from "Cast Away". 4.5 years, 80,000 orgasms and now he can go on tour.

http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/DrugIssue/MethResources/faces/photo_9.html

Josh

This past weekend, I went to one of my wife's friend's daughters 2nd birthday party (with my wife and my own two kids). At some point, my 20-month old daughter decided to take off her shirt (I think she spilled something on it), in the middle of a public park. I pulled a dollar bill out of my wallet and put it in her diaper.

Apparently that's not funny.

Jason

I think I'm going to go hang out with meth users. I'm kind of ugly; nobody would ever describe me as the good-looking one in a group.

However, if I hang around those people after they've really let it take a toll on their bodies, I might just become the most attractive guy in the room.

Simon

So... 80,000 orgasms, huh? Wow.

- Now, where did I put my wallet?

Hmm...

Thanks Scott, for lifting the spirits. I wish there was a spirit-o-meter that could prove how well you do it.

Also that "Sideshow Bob" comment by Chris Hunt totally cracked me up!

Adrianne

Wow. I'm a 42-year-old mother of two and this happens to me at every school-related event. Really. The one that really gets me is my son's elementary school's mascot. The Panthers. Every marking period that have this thing called the "Panther Pride Rally." No joke. Good thing the panther's blue, not black.
Am so tempted to show up at one wearing a huge black Afro.
Am wondering if anyone would get the joke, though. Am pretty sure most uber PTA moms think I'm a freak already. Oh, well. At least my kids, ages 3 and 7, already have advanced senses of humor!

Scottupnorth

I have a similar problem that at times gets me into trouble.

A good joke window is like a Pavlov mechanic for me. The opening comes and I drool with the appropriate comment fast to mind and ready to fly from my tongue. Problem is the appropriate comment is not always as appropriate as I would like it to be.

It gets laughs, or confused stares most of the time, periodically an icy glance when I inadvertantly touched on something I shouldn't.

Usually the icy stare is with women, not because its sexist but because I am too close to the mark and her and I both know it. Those are the best jokes usually saddly too.

clarence

So which picture is the before?

PatB

Generally - I really enjoy this blog - but I'm a little sickened at you linking to photos of real people addicted to meth. They're still people, eh?

Reminds me of the title of an upcoming book...

Andy Watt

"There is a massive difference between a drug USER and a drug ABUSER. I wish people would realize that. "

Adam, don't be so touchy: you're showing guilt there! Don't apologise or jusitfy yuorself, there's no need.

This is actually part of the problem: there's no "spectrum" applied here, it's black and white all the way. I don't do anything stronger than chabilis (oooo!) but I can appreciate that crystal meth is in a whole other league than weed. So don't get so het up Adam.

less opinion more humor

Let me guess. All the keeners that had no idea were in the front row. Meanwhile all the bad apples were at the back of the bus.

Joshua Jacobsen

Drugs, shmugs. What about the evils of alcohol? Why just yesterday, six elephants electrocuted themselves after drinking too much rice beer.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003969241_webelephants23.html

Mark Thorson

It's my understanding that
heroin has the opposite
effect -- a 50-year-old can
look like 30. But you never
see those pictures.

And they don't stay up all
night. That's probably got
something to do with it.

D'ack

Is it just me or does it look like meth use improves your hair? (http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/DrugIssue/MethResources/faces/photo_9.html)

Chris Hunt

Surely the photograph on the right is of Sideshow Bob?

Stretch Mark Mama

I have the same problem at funerals--an irresistable urge to make inappropriate jokes, which in my mind, are terribly funny.

Diana W

Wow, I was hoping someone would put together something like the "Faces of Meth" website! My company sells fingerprinting systems with mugshot archives, so I've seen some of the before and after mugshots of meth users before. I always thought this would be a good deterrent for young woman. Telling a teenage girl it's bad for her won't make a difference, but showing her that it will make her look like crap - well THAT'S a deterrent! We should be promoting vibrators over meth!

Rich T.

There's more to aspire to in life than getting high. Even if you, who are so fascinated by orgasms, could experience a perpetual orgasm, I bet you'd decline the offer. (For that matter, there's also more to sex than the moment of orgasm itself.) I agree that your post is funny, but there is no selling point to meth.

Adrian D.

All of which just demonstrates that the anti-drug laws are even stupider than doing drugs.

DF

So, did anyone try to snag an extra cookie? Wouldn't want the cop to think you had the munchies or anything...

Enough Wealth

Shit, all these years I thought I just had severe eczema and hay fever, and it turns out that I'm a meth and ectasy addict! Whose been spiking my diet coke?

Regards
http://enoughwealth.com

Dan K

I find it odd that the lighting on those faces of meth pictures somehow manages to be pretty consistant between all of the before and after pictures (which are mostly listed as being around a year apart) but not so much on the different faces (which were not a year apart according to the dates), it's almost like the before and after pictures were taken on the same day, the lighting only seems different when there is a different person (I also thought that the scars were kind of odd in a way that made me think the make up artist isn't being very creative).

It'd be hard to resist some chappel quotes during something like that... Meth is a hell of a drug... Marajuana is a hell of a drug... Coke is a hell of a drug... pop tarts are a hell of a drug... pepper spray is a hell of a drug... DON'T TAZE ME BRO!

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