To the Australian Government, re: their misleading, hypocritical joke of an advertising campaign concerning ecstasy [“Ecstasy: Face Facts”], which featured on the inside back cover of BMA’s last issue. Ok, so riddle me this: ecstasy producers presumably know some reasonably high-level chemistry to be able to manufacture their wares – if this is the case, what the hell are drug poindexters doing in a room that looks like it has had human shit flung all over it, as the ad so outlandishly depicts? How is it, Mr Government, that such persons are able to engage with complex neurochemistry, yet are unable to aim their buttocks at the toilet when they do a number 2? If ‘drug pushers’ are earning so much money, why indeed are they using a toilet bowl as a sink? Surely with all the cashola they are making, that camp-stove should be a Miele and they should at least have enough dinero to be able to pay for a cleaner to mop up their errant bowel movements. Ecstasy, the ad proclaims, is made using “drain cleaner, battery acid or even hair bleach”. Well, I’d implore the government to take some of its own sage advice, and “face [these] facts”: ammonium bicarbonate, which is used in detergents and stain removers, is also a common ingredient in cocoa products. Yeah, that’s right: your feeding your little daughter spray’n’wipe before she goes to bed. And hydrochloric acid is used in the manufacture of beer and cheese, as well as hair dye and bleach. What the bleach! In short, chemicals are everywhere, and whilst this is certainly a cause for concern in general, it is beyond retarded to suggest this is limited to ecstasy manufacture in some nefarious way.
National Drugs Campaign: you can stick it up your arse (apparently it gets you higher that way).