Montana Meth Project’s Billboards

by Joey deVilla on April 28, 2008

These billboards produced by the Montana Meth Project are pretty striking. The question is: are they going to convince people not to do crystal meth?

Billboards for the Montana Meth Project

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Alex March 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

People commenting here can be divided into two categories:

1. People who have experience with meth. All of them say the ads are true and that this stuff will destroy your life and make you forget about the rest of the world.

2. People who have no experience with meth. This is the group where all of the

“Legalize meth!”
“Just don’t be stupid.”
“These ads are exaggerated!”
“I smoke weed and I say meth should be legalized!”
“Blame the person, not the drug.”

comments come from. People who have never been addicted to something before have a very hard time understanding an addiction.

Meth is not a drug people use recreationally. The people who use it “recreationally” are the millionaire rock stars and businessmen (see above) who can afford to get another hit every time they want it. It destroys even them, eventually.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m siding with the people who have actually seen what this drug does to people.

Heron March 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Legalize meth!

Salem March 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Alex you’re forgetting a category.
3. People who have experience with meth, know its a powerful substance, but are able to use it occasionally and recreationally and keep it under control.

And the people saying “blame the person, not the drug” are absolutely right. People make the choice to use it. And then to use it again, and again, and again. Or they can choose to stop; cut themselves off before they become psychologically dependent on it. “First time and your hooked” is bullshit. People make the decision to keep using, and that’s when it gets them.

Jenna March 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Yes, you are right. It is the person. It is a person with an addictive gene (yes, it does exist) that do it once and it causes such a reaction (almost exactly like an allergic reaction) that their brain gives them no choice but to do it again, and again.
There are two kinds of brains… An addict brain, and a non-addict brain. Yes, normal people are able to use drugs recreationally, and only do them every once in a while. They are even able to do the drugs for an extended amount
of time and just quit one day.
BUT, in an addict, their brain won’t allow them to stop (by themselves at least). Let’s say you are allergic to peanuts, after you eat a PB & J, try not to break out in hives, try harder not to have your bronchioles narrow to the point where air cannot reach your alveoli, try your very best to stay alive while you are in the midst of anaphylactic shock. So the point is…. METH – Not even once.

Jenna March 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

And if you’re wondering where I acquired that knowledge, it would be …… rehab.

Cienna J. March 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Meth is stupid, and, equally so, people who call for its legalization are woefully ignorant. Other drugs, drugs which have a lot more history of usage, including positive use, need to be legalized. With access to marijuana, psychedelics, etc there is no need for meth. Meth is a product of the drug war and not one worth keeping. So don’t think when you say things like ‘legalize meth’ you’re being progressive and freedom loving. Meth is a curse, it brings its victims down to levels lower than they ever imagined and it keeps them there. This is not what drug use should be about.

Nick March 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

There’s 2 sides to this coin actually brought upon very well by both Jenna and Salem. There are people who can use drugs recreationally and people who need them even after only experiencing it once. It is all on the person, because they make the choice to do it, but there is a point in time where it’s just the addiction. Think of it like this, the average smoker (cigarette) never wanted lung cancer, difficulty of breathing, signs of emphysema, much like the person who said “just once” didn’t want to pick at “bugs” (disorder caused in the brain) off their skin. Mostly its the person’s fault but when the drug overpowers them, they need an arm to help them out.

Jake April 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Here’s the thing about drugs. People should be allowed to put what ever they want in their own bodies, however dangerous the chemical. I think every single drug should be legal, just don’t expect society to support you and don’t blame other people for your problem. If you chose to take the stupid chance and gammbel with these chemicals, what ever, you should be allowed, but just know you are most likely throwing your life away.

Salem April 5, 2011 at 4:12 am

Jake, you are a sane human being, which is quite rare actually. Thank you for existing. However I kinda resent the “throw your life away” remark :)

Jenna, of course they’d teach you in rehab, that’s what their whole recovery process is founded on that model. I’d love to see your scientific proof that this addict gene exists. I’m a psychology major and haven’t quite heard of such a thing, so I’d like to see that research.

anonymous April 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

this is coming from a very experienced person.. MYSELF ..living in the grip of active addiction I almost died 3 times, took another human being’s life and treated my entire family.kids, mom, dad, granparents as if they meant nothing to me.It didnt matter who, if they were in between me and what I needed to get what I wanted well lets .say it never ended on a good note.
I stayed in that insanity for 23yrs from 14 to 38yrs of age. If someone told me then that there was a REMOTE POSSIBILITY of any trying it “just one time” that my life and the lives of all harmed from my using would end up the way ANY ADDICTS LIFE will turn out Jails, Institions, And DEATH. I NEVER would have tried “that first time” . Today I’ve been off the dope for 2 yrs and it has been the best 2 yrs of my life. So I say if you’ve never tried it DON”T It will kill you slowly or fast if your lucky .those slow kills are very painful I watched it happen!!!!

Dick Inurrace April 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Weed should be legal… just saying.

Cakerman May 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

youre forgetting 4) the trolls
everyone knows meth will fucking ruin your life. you don’t need a foray into addictive substance abuse to recognize that, but if you sincerely don’t think so then in 100% seriousness your opinion is wrong, sure that sounds abrupt but sorry it’s true. maybe if we were talking coke or something there is some ambiguity and it can be more of a person to person basis, but meth is unanimously not a good call.

Lovin It In CONN! May 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Been addicted to meth for about 2.5 years now and its the best thing thats ever happened to me. I’ve fucked more girls then I could have ever imagined, I have a 6 figure job, and a solid network of friends. Just another example of how the great state of Montana blows the big one.

METH 4 LYFE

Anonymous May 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I don’t use meth, but I support legalization. Not because these ads are exaggerating, in fact they’re rather on point. The average remaining lifespan after one starts using meth habitually is 2 years. I support the legalization because it is PROVEN FACT that prohibition of drugs does more harm than the drugs themselves. If meth was legalized, the usage would undoubtedly be less, one the “forbidden fruit” aspect is taken away. Also, there won’t be people having sex for 15 dollars to buy meth. Because you won’t have to rely on buying from gang members who cook it up in their apartment.
The simple fact is, hard drugs aren’t going away any time soon. And as prohibition in the twenties and the modern war on drugs has shown, usage and violent crime related to the drugs skyrockets when it is illegal. It also allows for the rise of criminal syndicates. People want these drugs. And they will get them any way they can. Is it not simply better that they get it from a government regulated dispensary?

Connor July 6, 2011 at 3:53 am

I have never used meth I still believe it should be legal people should make the choice for themselves whether to try it or not freedom.

olololo July 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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Jake 2 August 12, 2011 at 5:38 am

isnt meth one of the cheapest and longest lasting drugs? for the girls selling there bodys get a job at mcdonalds they dont drug test then you dont have to be a whore…

jarret August 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

meth is fucking stupid i smoke weed and take pills every now and then but had my time were i did x and meth yeah it was fun but stupid really stupid so shut the fuck up meth is the worst fuck meth heads ill kick your ass you no teeth ugly looking mother fuckers..

leviathan451 August 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Laughing at these insanely fucked up psa’s isn’t normal.

But to me it is.

Kailey November 4, 2011 at 3:08 am

Yeah, so many people had said that doing it once in a while wasn’t the worst, and my ex was doing meth almost daily…she got me to try it and I ended up doing it for 2 months (thank god not any longer) but it makes you really frail and sickly looking, not to mention it’s really bad for you, and being stabbed would be more pleasant then withdraws and sketching…stick to weed :)

Josh December 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Meth should never be legalized, if you think so I suggest you do your homework

courtney May 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

dream on guys….meth will never be legalized and i hope all you meth heads die a horrible death or pick your life up off the ground and get your shit together…

Doire Todd August 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

I find with all drugs as long as they don’t control you it’s fine. But obviously meth, heroin ect are harder to control so you should not try it but if people act out of control because of a drug you should not blame the drug but the person. Some people can take meth and still be great people.

FB January 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I wouldn’t recommend ever using meth. But it’s important to realize that over half of the issues on this billboard are a direct cause of meth’s illegality, not the use of meth itself.

Beef Curry January 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Whether Meth is legal or not, all of these consequences, both to one’s personal self and to society, will occur. Since Meth changes brain chemistry so fast, lowering tolerance for the drug and thus forcing the user to more of it, in more concentrated forms, more often, the user will keep searching for a better, more “cut”, product. Legalization and controlled production will not be able to supply the addicted user with what they need in the amounts that they require to constantly chase their high. And even with distribution control, there will still be people making their own at home (more concentrated forms, flavored meth, etc.) which could be cheaper to them (if they’re a user) and/or allow them to make a lot of money (if they’re just a cook/dealer). Young teen users without money will still sell their body for money for their meth, and users will still steal from their family and anyone, just to get enough money to buy it (whether it’s from a legalized distributor or not). There is no way to control this drug’s use once you’re addicted, and even before that, how can you really tell you will or won’t become addicted. Is it worth the risk?

For all those who say “FREEDOM! These addicts can do whatever they want to themselves,” Meth is a drug that doesn’t just affect the user, it affects everyone. Meth addicts steal, damage property, kill, ignore their family (children included), and don’t contribute to a productive society. They may even steal your computer one day or set your house on fire out of paranoia.

naig June 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

It should be legal, or people get it from shitty places which are not pure and some even dont have the substance in it…

naig June 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

and beef curry, its persons own choice, if this substance became legal, then its price will not be this high. So noone has to sell themselves to get some dope..

Sinclair August 29, 2013 at 2:13 am

So this is weird, some of the comments I have read totally shock me. I didn’t know that there were people who actually think it should be legalized. I understand the “Forbidden Fruit” idea since humans are curious and suggestible, but I hope most people realize what meth is. Would you break open a battery and smoke it’s contents? Would you sprinkle a little rat poison over your tobacco and smoke it? The answer is more than likely no. So what’s the point in trying meth? If you wouldn’t do those things then why even consider it? It confuses me.
I totally support these ads and think its a good idea, but I think it’s a good idea for any non natural drugs. Legalize it? That’s a little too much for me, but if your dumb enough to try it and not care about getting out of it then who needs you? Sorry to sound harsh but meth has only brought people into doing some insane crimes, so I don’t think it should be legalized because if you get caught with it, then you have a better chance in changing your life in jail then ruining your body, family and life forever.
Congratulations on those who have come of of it and not done it at all!

Sinclair August 29, 2013 at 2:23 am

Chew on this, if it was legalized and let’s say that you are the owner of a store who has the right to sell meth (still don’t know why anyone would, but not the point) a drugged up meth head comes to your store to buy more, lets throw a few situations out there, you are out of stock, they become impatient waiting in line because they haven’t had their fix and are irritated, they begin to disrupt other customers in the store or suddenly start breaking things because they truly believe there is. Big turantula in your store and are trying to kill it, you ask them to wait, to leave, or that you won’t have more in stock for a week… What meth head is going to smile happily and be patient with you or the other customers and comply with you asking them to leave? None. I wouldn’t want to serve a meth or even have them near my workplace.

Alex March 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

For meth, heroin, chocolate, coffee or anything, it’s never about the product itself but about the user’s relation to the product.
Products are just variably difficult to handle in relation to people’s behavior with it and excess is always leading to problems (with everything)
Legalizing it would be very dangerous, but prohibiting it is way more dangerous because by prohibiting you totally lose control on it : it becomes dark and opaque and you end up with things like black market and all the drama associated (quality, ascension to other products etc…)

The real problem is about education and information…

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