1990s Media Drug Use Essay

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During the 1980s and continuing into the 1990s, there was a major movement in the war on drugs. In 1981, Nancy Reagan created the “Just Say No” advertising campaign to discourage illegal recreational drug use. The campaign also encouraged popular television shows such as Diff’rent Strokes, Punky Brewster and Dynasty to create special anti-drug episodes. These episodes mostly were family friendly and didn’t show much actual drug use, while other television shows and movies showed an opposing view where the in-crowd was using drugs on a regular basis during social gatherings. Even with the continuation of anti-drug propaganda during the 1990s, media sources such as music, movies and ...view middle of the document...

Some of the short term side effects of methamphetamine are a lack of sensation, numbness, and a disinterest in almost everything around you besides the drug.
In their third song “Tight Wad Hill”, Green Day sings about a thrill seeker making deals, begging for another fix, and turning tricks for speed balls (Green Day). The thrill seeker is the drug addict that wants to get the thrill of another high. Methamphetamine users are willing to do many things, like sexual favors, to get their drugs if they are short on cash. Green Day also sings about having the time of his life and hating every minute of his existence (Green Day). Drug users like the euphoric feeling of using methamphetamines, but they hate the side effects, coming down from the high, and the things they do to get the drugs.
Movies have a more defined way, with visual effects, of showing drug use like in the movie SLC Punk. This movie is about two punks, Stevo and Heroin Bob, which are trying to survive a conservative Salt Lake City. It shows them having the time of their lives drinking, smoking, and doing drugs. There is even a scene where Stevo and his girlfriend take acid and they start having hallucinations. Stevo kills a snake and lets its blood drip into a river while his girlfriend is seeing Armageddon. Most of their adventures are just drug induced fun throughout the movie.
This movie does show some of the negative parts of drug use. One of their friends, Sean, was selling acid and had his supply in his pant pocket. A cop started chasing him and he ran through a sprinkler system causing over 100 hits of acid to dissolve and absorb through his skin. Then you see Sean at home hallucinating that the devil took over his mother and he tries to kill her with a knife. He ends up sitting outside thinking he was surrounded by water. The cops show up and arrest him. Later in the movie Stevo sees him panhandling on the street with obvious mental issues from the overdose.
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