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Gritty. Shocking. Real (well no, they're models). Effective? As usual, probably not so much. But I'm sure the somber admen from San Francisco agency Venables Bell and Partners, standing some shitty ad awards show podium next spring, will somberly tell the suddenly not goofing-off audience that if the ads stopped just one kid from smoking the Meth, then every pro bono second they spent toiling to craft these graphic, perfectly art-directed scenes will have been so worth it, man. Now, back to selling pharmaceuticals to people who don't need them. (Here's some accompanying lifelike TV spots. Call me overly-cynically all you want, but these types of "real" ads generally don't do dick to stop drug use.). previously in drugs: GEEZER JUNKIES RULE!; Hurricane Tina and other cool new names for Meth; my neighbors ain't crackheads, they're methheads.