May 21st, 2009

D.A.R.E. type program in Japan? Also drugs

Where: Japan - the city is fictional, I'm afraid. It's a fairly large city and, as with all fairly large cities, doesn't have the best crime rate.
When: Basically modern - some time between 2000 and '04, though the school for the main character would have been primarily in the 1990s.
Searched: Google'd D.A.R.E. in Japan; drug control programs in japan; marijuana; what does marijuana smoke smell like; what does marijuana smell like; marijuana effects
Read the wikipedia page on marijuana.
Searched relevant tags in this place.
Context: Context is always fun!

Basic storyline is this: character A had a voice in his head. No, he wasn't crazy, said voice in his head was actually a separate person - a spirit - who sort of off-and-on borrowed A's body for several years. During this time they learned about the existence of each other and then grew very close, in the BFF closer-than-brothers sense. Now, in the story, the voice in character A's head has moved on to the afterlife, and character A can't cope with the silence of not having him there. He first gets addicted to music, then makes recordings of himself pretending to be the spirit who was possessing him, and then after that he starts playing with drugs in addition to the recordings, with the aim of trying to trick himself into thinking that the spirit is back again.

So!

1) Does Japan have some kind of program like D.A.R.E. over in America? (Just in case anyone doesn't have the slightest idea what I'm talking about, D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Program - they come around to elementary and middle schools and whatnot and talk about how Drugs Are Bad and not all the cool people actually do them. Anyway.) Is it one of those things that will be covered, or is it more hush-hush and societal expectations are what's supposed to keep folks from trying it? I know that the social stigma is pretty high and that Japan tends to be more reserved as a culture, but I'm not sure about anything beyond that.

2) For drug-of-choice, I was thinking marijuana. How easy is that to buy over in Japan? Anyone have any idea how much it would cost? I don't need an exact price, and after some research I've got something of an idea as to how much it would cost in America, but what about Japan? I know that it makes you hungry, happy and sleepy - I've heard that it's also a mild hallucinogen. MC won't be floating on purple bubbles while the rainbow flavored ladybugs twitter happily in the sky or whatever (anything that strong would be very OOC for him in any case - he doesn't like to cause problems, this is just a sort of 'I need this'), but the point of the exercise is to try and convince himself that the tapes he's playing are of someone else speaking, and possibly that said other person could be there, or is there. (This will probably be easier than it would otherwise be, as said spirit is translucent when he's not possessing character A.) I know the smoke smells different from, say, cigarette smoke - how does it smell? It's a fairly obvious difference, right? How obvious? How difficult is it to disguise or get rid of the smell?

RIGHT, and this is the reason that you should never merely rely on wikipedia or anything of the kind and why knowing people who know things is always a useful thing. (I love all you guys, thank you for helping me keep from making an idiot of myself.)

SO.

I'm looking for a mild-to-mid-strength hallucinogen that could let someone who is listening to recorded tapes of another person be convinced that this person is actually there, even if they don't actually see them. Preferably something that isn't horribly difficult to obtain/illegal, especially in Japan, and preferably isn't (or isn't very) physically addictive. I've already had some wonderful suggestions, but I kind of want to know more. About everything. :D

Also, if there's anyone who knows of an over the counter cold or cough medicine that has drowziness as a side effect (like Nyquil or something) and could get you high, could you please tell me?

In other news - I can't believe that I didn't already know about this place. I am a detail-oriented freak, and this sort of stuff like cream for me. 8D

ETA: Also yes - I know nothing. Less than nothing. I know the sort of nothing you know when all of your knowledge comes from independent reading, most of it online. I grew up in Utah, you see, in a small corner of suberbia that is by Salt Lake City. You... really don't find much drug use in that corner of the world.

Yanking out a tracheal tube

How likely is a person with an endotracheal tube to bleed profusely if someone (say, an ex-soldier in a cold fury with said person with the endotracheal tube) were to yank it out forcibly? Just a little, or enough to cause them to choke on their own blood (which isn't so awful a death for the character involved)? I've been Googling "endotracheal tube removal" and "intubation injuries", but I'm only coming up with injuries caused by intubation.