It’s one of those spontaneous Twitter hashtags that pops up and immediately starts to trend — #ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs. The expected jokes and tributes to getting wasted are there. But there’s also plenty to remind readers that drug use so often grows out of mental and physical health issues. And far too often, it’s an attempt to deal with all the chaos life throws our way — one that all too often ends up making problems worse rather than bringing relief. In this sampling of responses, you’ll find the funny, the sad, the troubling and the insightful. Which do you most identify with? And what would you answer?
Cuz my head feels like this… #ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs pic.twitter.com/0rreWK7KeQ
— Keri (@keriqbaum) August 15, 2016
I need to distract myself from the unending parade of sadness called reality.?????? #ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs pic.twitter.com/tBthq3Q3ra — Dammit, I just (@StevenEveral) August 15, 2016
#ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs Have you ever met my family? You’d need them too
— Daniel Ashley (@DanielAshley13) August 15, 2016
To numb myself #ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs — Rashmi Yadav (@RASH1419) August 15, 2016
#ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs 1) For my forgetfulness 2) For my mental instability 3) For my forgetfulness — Dave Moulden (@DraftieDawson) August 15, 2016
Can’t let the existential dread set in. #ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs pic.twitter.com/6wXQ1HY43L
— Chelsea Belle (@verycosmic) August 15, 2016
#ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs because being a adult is hard. pic.twitter.com/JZmAYWtuP4 — Sarachacha (@Sarah_Joyous) August 15, 2016
#ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs to numb the pain of existence and the existence of pain.
Woah that’s deep! I should write that down! — vad.i.m (@phdzoidberg) August 15, 2016
#ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs Awww The DEA set up their own hashtag. 🙂 — amanda blount (@amandablount2) August 15, 2016
#ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs My antidepressants are like beer goggles for the soul
— TunaOfTheSky (@tunaofthesky) August 15, 2016
#ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs To ease my pains pic.twitter.com/lBoNWQ7mjz — Kaung Ko (@kaungko) August 15, 2016
Based on some of these tweets, #ReasonsWhyINeedDrugs should be #ReasonsWhyINeedaHug. You ok?
— READY FOR STARDOM (@RStardom) August 15, 2016