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Glorifying Celebrity Drug Addicts | An Editorial
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When your doctor gives you a prescription for a drug you’ve never taken before what do you do? Do you follow your doctor’s advice and take it as prescribed? I do. The directions are right on the bottle in black and white. I also read the inserts or discuss possible side effects and interactions with other drugs or OTC medications I might use with my doctor.

So when I hear of a celebrity death related to drug overdose or combined drug overdose I do not feel sorry for them. For days, weeks, or months I am subjected to news reports and speculations and various scenarios that could have caused their death and how heartbroken the general public is by it. It’s just plain ridiculous.

I admit some, most, or perhaps all of the celebrities who died from drug overdoses were award winning talents. And I feel deeply disappointed when I find out that they behave badly like David Hasselhoff in a drunken stupor berating his daughter. I am disgruntled by the fact that someone I may have admired wasted their talent and dismayed when I find out they were addicted to drugs so much that their addiction caused their death. But I am not ready to jump on board with glorifying them. They were drug addicts and I don’t glorify drug addicts.

I hear way too many people making excuses for the celebs and their bad behavior. I hear people talk about how hard their lives are, or their relationships, or their grueling routines that keep them on the go or prevent them from relaxing enough to get a good night’s sleep. That’s called life and I don’t think many of us are immune to the highs and lows of it. We all test our endurance in this rat race of a world. And while many who aren’t celebs may behave the same way, we don’t have to hear about it or hear them glorified for it. Pity would be a better response.

So these celebs take pills to get them going, get through the day, or help them sleep. All I need is a cup of coffee in the morning and I’m ready to go. And have these celebs tried the old warm milk remedy to calm down before hitting the hay? It always works for me.

Blaming their doctors is another way the public deals with the death of a celeb. Did the doctor mix a cocktail of 11 different drugs found in Anna Nicole Smith? Or the 14 drug indications found in Elvis Presley? Or the 7 found in Michael Jackson? Or the 6 different pain killers, sleep aids, and sedatives found in Heath Ledger? Didn’t these celebs realize the havoc this wrecks on their systems?

And do you think their doctors were always aware every time their patient downed a pill or two or more at one time? Why do we hold their doctors more responsible for their addictions and overdoses than the celebs themselves? Do you think their physicians really had that much control over them? After all, they are celebrities. They can do and get away with anything they want and the public will still adore them.

We all are aware that we shouldn’t mix prescription medications. It’s elementary. A school kid knows this. I’m afraid to take an aspirin too soon after taking my daily synthroid! Do the celebs read the packet inserts at all? Drug interactions are always being discussed by medical professionals and pharmacists. Do these pop stars think they are super human? Are their heads so big that they don’t think they can be affected by drug interactions and overdoses like the rest of us?

The most recent addict glorified in her death was Whitney Houston. A friend of mine told me Houston was not supposed to be in the bathtub unattended. The only people I know who shouldn’t take a bath unattended are infants and toddlers. And my friend made the same old tired excuses about how hard Houston's life was and how she couldn’t cope.Was she a great talent? Yes. “Was” being the operative word. Now she’s just another celeb added to the list of addicts who behaved badly.


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Heather8  

Our society in general puts celebrities on too much a pedastal. It's easy to forget that they are humans with feelings, emotions, and pain just like the rest of us--only theirs are played out on tv and the covers of magazines. With so many famous drug addicts--some that have already died and some that haven't--you have to wonder if the pressure isn't too much and if perhaps there is something that we could do to help them avoid this tragic end.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Heather81 Thanks for the comment. I don't know what we can do to help but I do know that many celebs do go to rehab - the ones who realize they have an addictions and seek help themselves. I'm sure their status puts a lot of pressure on them but personally don't believe what tabloids might have to say - I've heard too many celebs say most of what is written about them is untrue. I also think there are lots of other professions that are equally as stressful and there are many people who turn to drugs to handle them as well. Celebs may be more in the public eye but they obviously knew that would be part of the deal and some crave the attention. I don't see their stress as an excuse as many celebs don't turn to drugs. Like you said, they are people and have the same feelings, etc...but they also have the same foibles - some will and some won't turn to drugs just like the rest of us not in the public eye. It's just as sad a situation no matter who the addict may be.

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  about 7 years ago

Hey AnnMarie, I think we (as a culture) are both too quick to glorify and too quick to criticize. Seems to me that the people that put themselves on the line in sports, in entertainment, in emergency services get bombarded with adolation and criticism, all in the same breath. I do good to follow the stepping stones across rough waters in my own life. I am not sure what paths I might wander down without the tools to face the waves of highs and lows that have to be there in those professions. And Yes, I found myself being judge-mental at the hero-worshipping people chasing Michael Jackson through the streets of Las Vegas just before his death.

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  about 7 years ago
  

It's a crying shame that addiction is such a hard thing to overcome for anyone with an addictive personality. In addition to people feeling a need and giving in to their compulsions, addictive substances are a crutch that people feel they need to support themselves. It's just way too easy. For many, alcohol and drugs are an escape from life's pressures. A day at the beach works for me!

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Hi AnnMarie. Seems the pressure to perform at such a high level all the time and the inhuman pace of their performing lives lead these superstar performers to drugs. It's very sad. I understand the points you are making. We all need to be accountable for our own well-being and our own actions. Can't pass around blame. I think it probably starts with a prescription that makes them feel better, and they just get addicted. Honestly, I think doctors are too liberal with prescriptions, especially the mood enhancing drugs. I avoid every medication unless it's a matter of life and death. Doctors are frustrated with me for the opposite reasons. These performers must have been miserable to want to escape that much. Selfishly speaking, it's a shame we no longer have them in our lives. Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson are amazing talents.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hey Joan, Thanks for commenting. I do miss some of them as they were great entertainers. But I'm with you. If it isn't a matter of life and death I steer away from drugs and find natural alternatives. Some of the downhome remedies my grand-mom taught me still work well. :) I rarely find myself sick enough to need a doctor but when I do they often push all sorts of pills and such on me. They don't even take into consideration I have no tolerance to these drugs

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  about 7 years ago

Good article, AnnMarie. I agree. Whitney Houston's end was no surprise. Everyone saw that coming for years.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Georgia. I got tired of people commenting that Bobby Brown was responsible for turning her into a drug addict. Personally, I wouldn't marry a drug addict and I'm betting BB didn't force the drugs on her. If they really loved each other, then it could have or should have been up to her to help him clean up his act instead of the other way around. What a shame...

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  about 7 years ago

Most of these Celebrities are on drugs all the time, and they cannot perform without it. Taken an overdose of drug is common among them, their Doctors are to blame for this mistake, The celebrity are ignorants on the side of taken medication, they needs counselling. They perform, people hail them and we think they are all-in-all. They needs health education to live long.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Well, another point could be made that they may have more than one doctor prescribing meds. Even people who aren't celebs do this just to get more drugs. I'm not ready to blame the doctor's exclusively. The celebs need to step up and take responsibility for their actions. And why drugs to get thru the day - why not Yoga, vitamins, or healthier ways? Then they could perform without illicit drugs. I agree, an NA program is what they need.

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  about 7 years ago
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