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  • Pot is an insidious drug because it can steal your life away from you, without you even being aware of it. I had a love affair with pot for ten years. Pot was my most devoted partner.

  • But druggies don't keep their looks any longer than they keep their promises.

    • Liza Cody,
    • "Lucky Dip," in Sara Paretsky, ed., A Woman's Eye ()
  • Apparently, an undocumented side effect of dope is a gross overestimation of one's own intelligence. Dopers become convinced they've hidden their stash so well a cop won't find it. They're always wrong.

  • Anyone who's had a shower and hasn't ingested illegal narcotics within a couple of days stands out on a bench in the courthouse.

  • The only merciful thing about drug abuse is the speed with which it devastates you. Alcoholics can take decades to destroy themselves and everyone they touch. The drug addict can accomplish this in a year or two. Of course, suicide is even more efficient.

  • There are only three things to say about cocaine. One, there is no such thing as enough. Two, it will never be as good as the first time. Three, those first two facts constitute a tragedy of expense in ways that can't be experienced unless you've had cocaine. ... Your brain will settle into a puddle around your sinuses and you will die.

  • Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you — and kill you the long, slow, hard way. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.

  • In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.

  • Never have so many been so high so often. When a Boston research group decided to compare the effects of marijuana on experienced and inexperienced users, it took them two months to line up nine student subjects who had never used marijuana.

  • When you're doing drugs, today is yesterday, tomorrow never comes.

  • Zeke would sit around munching Dramamine and phenobarbital. That was the first time I saw anyone get his hors d'oeuvres from a pharmacy.

  • The era of psychopharmacology has dawned and with it the offer of the 'chemical vacation,' not however without the hazards of the road.

  • I stopped dropping acid for a while after my daughter was born. It's hard to keep an eye on the kid while you're hallucinating.

  • One pill makes you larger / and one pill makes you small / And the ones that mother gives you / don't do anything at all. / Go ask Alice / when she's ten feet tall.

    • Grace Slick,
    • "White Rabbit," Surrealistic Pillow ()
  • Drugs are a carnival in hell.

  • Cocaine habit-forming? Of course not. I ought to know. I've been using it for years.

  • When you hear someone use the word 'meds' instead of the word 'medicine,' chances are they're no stranger to massive doses of mind-altering psychotropic drugs. Back out of the room slowly.

  • I worry that drugs have forced us to be more creative than we really are.

  • [To her younger sister on using drugs:] If you do that stuff, you're dancing with the devil, because you never know when you're going to cross the line and not be able to get back.

  • Drugs are just big pieces of tape they stick over warning lights.

  • Lady Heroin is an indiscriminate lover, inviting one and all to come ride the horse. She keeps only one secret from her legion of lovers, which is that there will never be a time with her that equals the first. The first high is the best. It's such a complete sensory celebration that people spend years, money, lives chasing after it, trying to duplicate that first exquisite rush.