Once upon a time, an anti-drug crusader named Jim Davis decided to write a comic strip to warn children about the dangers of addictions.
Yes, I mean Garfield.
However, Mr. Davis missed the boat. He depicted a feline lasagna addict who couldn’t resist anything edible; Davis could have easily added an illegal dependency to the character and still had him be believable. Problem is, Garfield displays intelligence and humor and everything else you don’t want people associating with dangerous behaviors.
And then there’s Odie.
“Odie” is an extended spelling of O.D., which in turn is short for overdose. Odie was supposed to foreshadow the dangers of addiction: mental incapacity, constant drooling, hyperactivity, and the unending potential for someone to cry out O.D. if he does something really bad. Instead, Davis characterized Odie as friendly, innocent, and often more likable than any other character in the comic strip.
That’s not how you talk people out of using drugs.