Heroin: Drug Addiction and Pop Culture

Topics: Heroin, Drug addiction, Jerry Garcia Pages: 1 (269 words) Published: October 8, 1999

Heroin related deaths and arrests among young pop culture musicians has not been this visible for decades. "We observe pop culture making this drug- which is very lethal-look glamorous and chic," says Ginna Marston of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (54). For example, according to Karen Schoemer's report for Newsweek, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon and Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead, all participated and abused heroin (54). Kurt Cobain took his own life with a shotgun, while battling his heroin addiction. Also, Shannon Hoon overdosed on cocaine while he had recently tried to kick his heroin habit. In addition, Jerry Garcia who had been a drug junkie for years died in a rehabilitation center while trying to come clean from drug use. However, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, David Gahan of Depeche Mood and actor Robert Downey, Jr. were all arrested for possession of heroin and other illicit drugs (54). Weiland was busted on heroin and cocaine possession in May, 1995 (54). Furthermore, Gahan was arrested for drug possession after an overdose on heroin and cocaine (54). In addition, Downey was arrested when officials found heroin, crack, and cocaine in his car after he was pulled over for speeding. He plead not guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a mandatory rehab program. Downey on June 28, 1995 walked out of the drug treatment facility, but later turned himself in the next day (54). Heroin is very much in back and has become a major trend and a way of life for the pop culture life style.
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