The 1980s saw one of the most memorable anti-drug commercials ever made: This is Your Brain on Drugs. It was short, direct and, many feel, effective. In it, a man held up an egg and said, "This is your brain," then picked up a frying pan and added, "This is drugs." He then cracked open the egg, fried the contents, and said, "This is your brain on drugs." Finally, he looked up at the camera and asked, "Any questions?"
I have observed and socialized on occasion with a few individual members of a group of crusties, who have now begun to make home in one particular area of Washington Square Park. For many young people, the nihilistic lifestyle is seductive. Most are severely addicted to drugs such as heroin and are on methadone programs. I have seen many drug addicts sleeping in a severely slumped type of position on a park bench in New York City, like that in today's photo.
On July 8 and 12, 2011, I published a two-part story featuring crusties and Morgan Maginnis - see Part 1 here. In the photos and video interview, Morgan had a certain charm. She said she had two college degrees at age 23. But all is not well with her. She has violent outbursts and manic episodes, hits others, and has been hit herself in what appears to be a popular recreation among crusties. Morgan always seems to be bleeding somewhere.
This was Morgan. Today, we have Morgan on Drugs. Any Questions?