Drugs To Mugs

anti-drug messages that work,

www.facesofmeth.us

When I was growing up the official anti-drug campaigns always seemed earnest, overstated, and unintentionally hilarious. Every time a new video was shown in our health class or a new commercial hit TV, my friends immediately came up with parodies that were much cleverer than the original. I don’t know if anyone researched the effect, or if these anti-drug campaigns did more to pique curiosity than they did to deter potential users.

My perspective shifted once my own kids became teenagers. Sure I hope the message gets through. But anti-drug campaigns haven’t improved much. Although they’re a little more edgy and a lot less earnest, my kids find them just as hilarious as I once did.

What has an impact? Mugshots of users whose facial transformation speaks for itself. Of course you can find a video with overdone soundtrack and voiceover. But the mugshots themselves are silent damning evidence.

 


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Laura is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending and Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning. She lives on a small farm notable only for its lovestruck goose.