Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Anti-Drug: The Anti-Anti-Drug.

San Marcos, TX: Teenagers exposed to anti-marijuana public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are more likely to hold positive attitudes about the drug and are more likely to express their intent to use cannabis after viewing the advertisements, according to a study published in the May issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors. [emphasis added]
An archive of these ridiculous, counter-productive ads can be found here.

Over the past few years, the ad-campaign's budget has been cut from $195 million to $99 million annually. Responding to the budget cuts, His Czarness John Walters said: “It’s time for Congress to wake up and support a program that is working. There is no excuse for not supporting it.”

No excuse, John? What about the fact that your program is clearly NOT working? It seems that anti-marijuana propaganda only succeeds at turning more kids onto the drug. But maybe that's the ONDCP's plan. After all, more marijuana-using teens means more justification for the War on Drugs - and the fat paychecks that go along with it.

If Walters really is concerned about teen drug use, he would stop lying to himself and the rest of the country. The ONDCP's website says that LSD, if taken in a large enough dose, "produces delusions and visual hallucinations." So, how big of a dose have you taken, Mr. Czar?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

just curious, how do you explain the 20 percent drop in student drug use?