DEA Warns Parents: Your Kid's Teddy Bear Could Be a Dope Stash

It takes a certain mentality to be a drug cop. When most people look at an interstate highway, they see, well, an interstate highway. But a drug cop looks at that same stretch of asphalt and sees a "drug trafficking corridor." 


And so it is with the DEA's latest experiment with protecting the nation's youth from drugs. With a new website, Get Smart About Drugs,  the DEA looks around your home and finds the darnedest things.  You may see a teddy bear, but the  DEA sees a potential drug stash. You may see a graphing calculator, but the DEA sees a potential drug stash. You may see highlighting pens, but the DEA sees a potential drug stash. 

The new website is supposed to be "a DEA resource for parents, educators & caregivers," but comes off as mainly absurdly paranoid. Your distant, snotty teen may indeed own highlighters, a graphic calculator, and maybe even a favored teddy bear from his or her early years, but that doesn't mean those possessions are being used as drug paraphernalia. 

The real shame is that, thanks to propagandistic efforts to stigmatize drug use, conducted by the DEA and others as a means of generating support for harsh anti-drug policies, it isn't easy to find good resources for dealing with teenage drug use and addiction. And the DEA isn't very helpful, here, either: Under the website's "Find Help" section, it links not only to standard Alcoholic Anonymous-based treatment programs and more DEA propaganda websites, but also anti-marijuana legalization advocacy groups such as Project SAM and discredited anti-drug campaigns like DARE. 

Here's how the DEA is spending some of your tax dollars. 

Watch out for highlighters:

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And teddy bears:

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And graphic calculators:

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There are more scary household objects available for your viewing pleasure here. You might as well look; it's your tax dollars at work. 

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