Not since Acadamy-award winner Helen Hunt jumped out of a window in an ’80s after school movie have I seen anything as ham handed as these little gems produced by Kellyanne Conway, our opioid czar, and paid for by the gub’mint (your tax bucks at work, peeps):
Look, I’m not making fun of addiction, which is terrible, but I have a hard time believing that these object-lessons will stop the Yutes of Today from doing anything. It’s just recycled, ’80s Nancy Reagan propaganda. Remember this?
…which was hardly a success, as the Yutes of Yesterday (who I believe make up the majority of the opioid addicts today) can attest.
If you want to do anything about addiction, first you must realize that it is a medical problem and not a law enforcement problem (re-hab, not juvenile jail; and while we’re at it, perhaps stop handing that shit out like Trick or Treats) , and you must also realize that there is no moral failing (which is absolutely the subtext of these advertisements). A chemical reaction is marvelously immune from thundering sermons from all the pulpits.