Artie Lange's Nose Is A Cautionary Tale For Kids To 'Just Say No' To Drugs

Artie Lange's Nose Is A Cautionary Tale For Kids To 'Just Say No' To Drugs
Credit: Source: Artie Lange/Twitter

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, 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.

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  • Jordan berry
    Jordan berry Dec 20, 2018 1:49 AM PST

    Hell never stop it'll kill him! And addiction is not a disease, I have FMS Fibromyalgia and that's a disease. Until they find a cure for it ill have it for ever. If you want to stop using drugs they have rehab, suboxone which is a drug to ease the side affects and if you stay off them you're cured. They choose not to because they love the feeling of getting high. There's nothing I can do about mine except take the medication which masked the pain but doesn't take care of it all the way????

  • Matt
    Matt Dec 19, 2018 7:19 PM PST

    I guess when you don't have to show your face when working you can snort a lot behind a microphone. Good luck Artie, call the Dr's on BOTCHED.

  • Mike
    Mike Dec 19, 2018 6:19 PM PST

    Pull it together Artie. Who snorts so much that their nose collapses!? Crazy Alice wouldn’t approve.

  • Adriana
    Adriana Dec 19, 2018 12:10 PM PST

    Sorry but I would not compare drug addiction to cancer and call it a disease. It’s not like people WANT to get cancer. If you’re stupid enough to get hooked, then I don’t feel sorry for you.

    • K
      K Dec 19, 2018 5:54 PM PST

      Cancer is a disease, my bad, but not in the same sense of course. My apologies. But it is serious, and should not be shunned, as it has become a world wide epidemic that invades even the soundest of minds. Break a bone? Take a pill. Have a breakdown, take a pill. You get my drift.

    • K
      K Dec 19, 2018 5:47 PM PST

      You’ve never been touched by addiction, apparently. It is a disease. And cancer isn’t a disease, so there’s that. Happy holidays!

      • Daniel Vazquez
        Daniel Vazquez Dec 19, 2018 10:25 PM PST

        Now he has another story. Dam Artie hold your head up and find something to hold your nose up. Good luck I'm a true fan.

  • Gotfried
    Gotfried Dec 19, 2018 9:58 AM PST

    Wah, my nose looks like the Flatwoods monster, waahhh!

  • Leticia Damas
    Leticia Damas Dec 19, 2018 7:24 AM PST

    God bless you Artie, Merry xmas, Please take care of yourself.

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