Under Pressure!

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Drugs and Peer Pressure

I think this is probably the billionth “drugs are bad” book posted. I think they are almost identical in format, message and I am willing to bet the same stupid photos. Actually I should call these books the Drugs and <fill in any condition> series.

We have Drugs and….

Every time I look at the pics in all of the books mentioned, I just want to cringe. Sometimes, they don’t make sense of the “story” or example, sometimes it looks like they are trying too hard. I think my teen self would have rolled my eyes at the teenagers presented. Some of the teens look to be in their early 40s.

Generally, the content is almost identical. Also, no real solutions are given other than to just say no. A few will have referral information. Of course if we are posting these books, I am quite certain the books are more than 20 years old, so I doubt any of the contact info is still appropriate, even if the organizations exist. Can we just agree to retire these books?


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  1. Yes I agree. Box ’em, bag ’em, dumpster toss ’em…..or you could wait for sustainable shelves program to pick them up in a box….. my dear lard. These books are stains on sustainable shelves.

  2. Tube dresses are poison! When I wear them they’re a laugh riot but still not fun.

  3. Have any of these books ever worked, or did they backfire, or at least provide some laughs to the teens?

    I somehow managed to avoid all this without the aid of badly-written and photographed books (Except occasional drinking, because I’m not a total dork).

    I have a college degree, a marriage of many decades, own my own home (except for the part the bank owns), have been gainfully employed, and yet last week I consumed some booze and pot on the same day!!! because it was REALLY stressful and I needed to relax and sleep. A jigger of single-malt Scotch and a cannabis gummy bear did the trick. I had not had a drink since a little champagne on Easter. And I have turned down offers of coke, LSD and others with no hard feelings on anyone’s part.

    The all-or-nothing view is often harmful to people who aren’t genetically susceptible to addiction — though as the teen brain is still undeveloped, keeping off any kind of drugs till at least 18 is a good idea. But most people will be able to use in moderation. Complete bans and abstinence often lead to kids going hog-wild, binging on high doses the minute they’re out of sight of parents.

    File this next to “Reefer Madness”.

  4. In about 1997, there was a health class in my middle school that did research projects on different drugs, and these books got used a lot. The styles were still being worn, and the PSA announcement style wasn’t… quite as risible. Because we had very limited computers, we needed the books for the students in the health class. That changed about 2003, when funding was cut and the class was discontinued. These were all out of my collection by about 2010. There aren’t any left in the entire district, thank goodness!

    1. I think of all the books that need weeding, those “don’t do drugs” of the 80s and 90s seem to be the most resistant to weeding. Part of me WANTS drugs after looking at those pics and reading the dullest text. 🙂 Mary

  5. Im about the age where I could have run into this book in the wild. And while I didn’t drink or smoke pot in high school (mainly because none of my friends did) I did grow up with parents who are habitutal drinkers, so I always figured these books were mostly BS.
    Poor Jose, if only he had grown up in a cultural with decent mental health support maybe he could have actually talked to someone about his anxiety and maybe been prescribed a legal drug to help him cope. Its possible this might have all happened anyways but at least no one could blame pot.

  6. Jose went on to have his accident sent in to “World’s Dumbest” and they liked it so much he became a presenter and went on to have a long, successful, and fun career doing hot takes about stupid videos.

  7. Now this takes me back! I was in elementary school when the D.A.R.E campaign was in full swing. That should be studied by anyone who wants to do a successful public awareness campaign, in a “do the opposite of everything these people did” way. They left us with the beliefs that:

    -There was a substance simply called “drugs” that was bad. What did a “drugs” look like? How did you take one? We had no idea.

    -Anyone who took one of these drugs things would die/go to jail/be a loser. Why would anyone take a drugs then? Who can say?

    -Drug dealers lurked around every corner and ESPECIALLY under your bed and would do anything to get you on drugs, which they gave out for free. If you dared refuse a drugs from them, they’d try to kill you for some reason. Why were they doing this? Just because they were evil.

    -Wearing a D.A.R.E t-shirt would somehow help with the problem.

  8. These all feel like those “Cautionary Tales” poems by Belloc.

    “Jose, Who Smoked Marijuana and Was Not Sucked Into the Propellers of a Helicopter”

    “Jim, Who Played Tennis and Missed the Opportunity to Smoke a Marijuana Cigarette”

    “Cheryl, Who Attended a Party But Did Not Want to Drink a Beer”

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