Bea Arthur and Rock Hudson sing “Turnin’ On” from the 1977 musical I Love My Wife (directed by Arthur’s husbad) on The Beatrice Arthur Special:
The simple life it must have been
When “smoke” was Luckys and “high” was gin
One pink lady and how it turned ‘em on!
“Junk” was trash, “speed” was swift
Glue was pasted instead of sniffed
Coke and aspirin, and wow it turned ‘em on! (full lyrics)
From a Reddit discussion drug abuse:
“It’s fun, it felt good, it made the night seem more exciting, made you feel like the social butterfly you always wanted to be, all of your problems quickly fade away.
The next day (following a mild hangover) you think to yourself, “That was fun, maybe I’ll do it again next weekend”.
Fast forward 2-3 months later. You’ve been doing painkillers every weekend now. The days between start to drag by. They feel dull and you just can’t wait for that “Friday night feeling” once again. So you know what, it’s a Wednesday but who cares. You’ll only do one and save the rest for the weekend, after all, YOU know what’s best for YOU.
Jump ahead another few months. Now you’re done with the illusion that this is a weekend thing. It feels good. Why wouldn’t you do this everyday? Drug addicts are irresponsible bums that you see on the streets. That’s not you, you’re not a drug addict. You just like the way they make you feel. Besides, all of your friends are doing them and obviously we aren’t ALL drugs addicts. You just like to have fun…also you get a little sick/depressed when you don’t have them.”
It gets worse, read the rest...
“I’ve been of the personal opinion that the strident anti-pot messages have been particularly damaging to the goal of keeping kids away from dangerous stuff. Pot is not dangerous. It just isn’t. But adults insist that it is, and scream bloody murder about it, all red-faced with their wattles shaking. Then, when the kids actually try it, they figure out that, yet again, the adults are lying to them, as they so frequently do. So then they ignore the screaming about drugs that are actually dangerous I’m not sure if this is still common parlance, but in my youth, pot was called “a gateway drug”. And I think they’re right about that, but not for the reasons they believe. It’s not that pot automatically leads to heroin, it’s that lying about pot means that kids don’t trust you about heroin. Basing your anti-drug campaign around falsehoods is about as counter-productive a strategy as one could possibly come up with.“
Commenter on Metafilter in a thread about drug policy..