So it is with our ubiquitous tales about the horrors of illicit drug use. Dangers are exaggerated off the scale, and those who traffic in drugs are portrayed as unfeeling monsters. The message that drugs are bad is deemed far too important to be presented in anything less than stark black and white. Improbable, illogical, or downright impossible, these well-known (and apocryphal) stories are nonetheless circulated as the truth, even by those who should (and often do) know better.
Babysitter on drug trip cooks infant in oven.
Students on LSD trip stare at the sun until blinded.