Five Unbelievable Anti-Drug Ads That We Doubt Ever Worked

Television public-service announcements are to fighting drugs what abstinence-only education is to preventing teenage sex: In theory it should work, but the presentation often falls very, very short.

That hasn't stopped people from trying, of course. Here are five of the classics. Decide for yourself if they did more harm than good.

5. The what now? "It's the in thing, the hula hoop of the jet generation and as much a part of growing up as smoking corn silk behind the back fence" -- Man, people talked crazy back then.

4. In which those with the munchies decide to make breakfast
We're guessing late-night egg consumption skyrocketed as a result of this PSA.

3. Someone's high
The producers would like to thank the altered state of Drugachusetts.



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does anyone remember the psa with a menacing black guy who was asked by an off-camera voice "what would you do if your little sister took drugs?"...  his response:  "i'd break her head!", complete with brandished fist...  that would totally fly today...

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

At least they were somewhat honest in the marijuana ad and didn't try to say that it's physically addictive. ...but that's about the only rational thing I can think of about it otherwise.


Where were the kids handing out joints when I went to school?And I can only hope my brain is a delicious as a fired egg after taking drugs. That would be awesome.

Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

So that's Ron Jeremy in #1? Very convincing as an impotent parent.

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