Artie Lange's Nose Is A Cautionary Tale For Kids To 'Just Say No' To Drugs
Drugs are nothing to mess around with and if you don't believe it, take a look at comedian Artie Lange's nose. Many kids who grew up in the 80s heard plenty of cautionary tales about what drugs can do to your brain as many remember the fried egg commercials —"This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs."
In the new millennium, the cautionary tales were depicted in transformational photos showing people losing their health and looks to meth. The "Faces of Meth" series went viral. After Artie Lange went public with a photo showing what snorting cocaine and heroin did to his nose, there's another graphic image to add to the "Just Say No to Drugs" media list.
Artie Lange revealed the shocking photo on his official Twitter account and the photo of his nose has sparked conversations nationwide. The slang term for what happened to Lange is "cocaine nose."
In the tweet, Lange professed to waking up that morning "clean" but has since appeared in a New Jersey courtroom where he failed a drug test. He had cocaine in his system.
"Woke up clean! My nose is f%&ed. Gotta accept it. But I’m alive & blessed w a gig 2nite & many more. My 3rd season on @CrashingHBO starts Jan 20! My 3rd book “Wanna Bet?” Is still out. I’m taping my 4th Special at a unique venue & I have the best fans! Life’s Good! 143"
Considering Lange woke up clean on Dec. 8 and failed a court-ordered drug test just weeks following, there is no question that Lange's drug addiction is taking over.
While many people are leaving comments poking fun of the comedian, it's important to realize and remember that drug addiction is a disease, it is an illness and needs to be addressed as such.
Just as someone wouldn't make fun of someone who has lost his or her hair due to chemotherapy, it is just as uncalled for to make fun of someone who has damaged their physical appearance because they couldn't fight their addiction.
According to NJ.com, Lange damaged his nose from years of snorting drugs and even snorted glass once.
"Lange has had to have surgery on his nose due to years of snorting cocaine and heroin — and one incident in which he accidentally snorted glass when trying to suck up smashed OxyContin tablets — which left him with no septum and a lot of ribbing from his followers about his appearance."
Lange has been court ordered to rehab. The third season of Crashing comes out on Jan. 20, 2019.