Brain On Drugs

This is Your Brain on Drugs: Any Questions?

By Ken K. Gourdin

In the 1980s, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America ran public service announcements (PSAs) attempting to dissuade potential drug users from doing drugs by using the graphic illustration of an egg frying to demonstrate what drugs do to the brain. See, e.g., here (this and other links last accessed May 19, 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOnENVylxPI.

When a man reportedly under the influence went on a crime spree as reported by Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, I invoked the tag line from that series of PSAs in my response. See the News’ coverage and responses to it here:

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865687332/SL-police-Man-lucky-he-wasnt-shot-by-officers-during-20-minute-rampage.html.

According to Salt Lake Police Detective Robert Ungricht, the man reportedly told police that his eyes were melting. Invoking the tag line from the 1980s PDFA PSA campaign, I replied, “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions? And, not to downplay the seriousness of Sanchez’s melting eyes; that’s certainly serious enough, but to think that, now, that’s actually the least of his problems …”

In a similar vein, another man who, reportedly, was high on methamphetamine employed some unusual methods during a kidnapping, burglary, robbery, and attempted vehicle theft spree as reported by the News here:

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900011828/man-arrested-in-wild-kidnapping-robbery-crime-spree-gone-awry.html.

When another commenter opined that, surely, those unusual methods indicate that the man is not a career criminal, I replied, “When high on methamphetamine, even “career criminals” employ … unusual … methods” (ellipses mine).

Illegal drugs and their use, along with related crimes, are, of course, no laughing matter. If you or someone you know needs help overcoming addiction, call (888) 633-3239 or go to http://www.drughelpline.org.

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About kenngo1969

Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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