Drugs are bad. I think we’ve all heard that message over and over. My motto about drugs is this: “Drugs make good people bad, and bad people worse.”
I live in a fairly affluent suburban/rural area about 30 miles outside of the city of Milwaukee. Over the past five years, there has been a spike in the use of heroin. My wife, who’s a teacher in a high school recently had a speaker visit her high school to talk about the dangers of drugs, specifically opiates. Here’s a video she shared with me about what is going on in our county.
Now, I don’t have my head in the sand. I know people use and abuse drugs often. I had good friends in high school that used drugs often, and our friendships dissolved because I didn’t feel comfortable around them anymore. Thankfully, there wasn’t a tragic ending, but those people aren’t the same people I once knew. Drugs changed them.
Sometimes, I don’t think the media really portrays drug culture correctly. I just came up with a movie idea that would be excellent as far as highlighting WHAT happens. Take any teen comedy where there is a big party at the end. The main character gets the girl in the end or the girl gets the guy. It doesn’t matter exactly who, but at the party everyone gets what they wanted, and all is super happy. The only added element is people are popping prescription pills and drinking.
The next morning, the main character doesn’t wake up. He or she died because of a drug overdose. The End.
Just imagine the movie Super Bad. The two main characters, (the actors were Michael Cera and Jonah Hill), have this raging party, and then they go home. They go to sleep in the basement, and the next morning, one of them doesn’t wake up.
That would be a punch in the teeth for the viewer. I think this would work because it shows the shock of what a drug overdose or something like that really is. The typical Hollywood plot involves this terrible downward spiral. That happens, no doubt, but I’d really like to give the viewers that “high” where all is well. Everything is great. Then they get hit with reality. No preaching. No nothing. Just a sudden turn of events. It probably would be awful to watch if the audience really connects with the character that dies, but that’s the point.