Tuesday Throwback: Rachael Leigh Cook Is A Crazy, Kitchen-Destroying Heroin Addict

Anti-drug PSAs have been a part of the American commercial landscape for a while now. It seems hard to believe given recent developments, but at one time, marijuana was the main target. Of course, there were many other ads aimed at discouraging use of harder drugs with more harmful effects. Take a walk down memory lane, and let’s rediscover that drugs are bad, mmkay.

The second PSA from the “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign (I’ll get to the first later), this one features Rachael Leigh Cook a year before she shot to semi-stardom for her role in She’s All ThatDefinitely a memorable one with her beating the shit out of that kitchen. Does anyone else find Rachael really, really hot in this spot? Rachael, you can whale on my kitchen anytime. Not like I really cook anyway.

The height of anti-drug hilarity. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles make smoking weed seem cool. In real life, nobody really offers pot like that (“Pot. You know, MARIJUANA.”) And how old is Joey? 8? Drug dealers are dorks! INEFFECTIVE!

One of the first commercials I remember. I probably asked my mom why the girl jumped into an empty swimming pool, but I don’t know if I got an answer. Nice ominous music touch at the reveal.

It would be impossible to write this entry without mentioning this absolute classic from 1987. One of the defining commercials of the ’80s. A simple 10 second spot with a clear message. Was it effective? Maybe. Was it memorable? Hell yes. And probably scared a generation of kids from frying eggs.

There are many other notable anti-drug PSAs that could be included. A possible Part 2?

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30 year old guy. Into sports, pop culture, advertising, and trivia among other things.

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