Another sad day and an ordeal to face by suffering parents! The 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone was found dead in his Los Angeles home, leaving the actor inconsolable. Prescription bottles were recovered in the investigation, an autopsy will be performed in the next few days and investigators will look into Stallone's medical history, but a cause of death was likely to take several weeks while toxicology tests are performed.
The torment of seeing one's own children dying to drugs overdose is distressing. There is a definite shame that there is a drug trouble within the entertainment industry. It has always been a dilemma. As drugs seem to be a bit more reachable and those who have money and no activity end up in a range of self-addictive vices. No one should in reality sit in judgment on any action of free people. But successful, rich and famous people set the trends of the society, their inclinations become à la mode, in a connected world, as pseudo cultural icons, their actions help or devastate mass culture.
The high of celebrity status brings a kind of loneliness that can only be answered by self delusional high. Drug problem of the entertainment world is reflection of the drug problem with people in general. It is all about escapism and 'forgetting the problems of the world' when substance abuse comes in currency.
Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have been surging at an alarming rate in the U.S. Overall, overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have increased by about four times over a decade. Methadone, known mainly for treating heroin addiction, is also prescribed for pain. Health officials say most of the overdose deaths are people who take it for pain — not heroin or drug addicts. Besides methadone, painkiller deaths primarily involve Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone) and Opana (oxymorphone). Methadone is powerful drug that can be underestimated.
It accounted for just 2 percent of painkiller prescriptions in 2009, but more than 30 percent of overdose deaths, according to the CDC. The drug mimics the effects of heroin and has been used to wean heroin users off of their addiction. Regular doses of methadone can reduce heroin cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone accounts for nearly one-third of prescription painkiller deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports "It's just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people, bad influences took over. It took over her dreams, her love and her motherhood.
Last week Hans Rausing, 49, an heir to the £4.5 billion Tetra Pak drinks carton fortune and one of Britain’s richest men may have lived with the body of his wife in their £50 million Belgravia home for more than a week, after he was admitted to a secure hospital for treatment last night. The reason is that the rich and famous have more money to get enhanced substances, also if one does not engage in productive activity drug addiction spirals out of control and they get lost within themselves, only with tragic results.
People are now used to shedding tears about the death of another famous person, they grieve over, sob before moving on to the next high. The body of Eva Rausing, 48, was found when police went to search the couple’s Belgravia house after his arrest on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs on Monday. Mrs Rausing, a mother of four, is from a wealthy South Carolina family. In 2008 she was arrested after trying to smuggle crack cocaine and heroin into a party at the US Embassy in London. Eva Rausing's last few postings on social media described how she ‘fell into a hole’ of serious drug addiction.
Celine Dion pronounced recently that she is "scared" of the drug culture in show business and is too afraid to attend celebrity parties as a result. Celine Dion in a chilling indictment of showbiz drug culture blamed Whitney Houston's death and compared her fate to other late stars such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson - who both had substance abuse problems. "When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse; time after time we lose people taking pills to perform, taking pills to wake up and taking pills to go to bed. ''I'm scared of show business, I'm scared of drugs, I'm scared of hanging out, and that's why I don't do parties and hang out."
Look at a recent picture of Lindsay Lohan, how the high life catches up with celebrity culture, meth mouth and crack pipe hands. If threats of jail don’t sober her up, can’t we at least appeal to her narcissism and self pride? What a waste of an outstanding talent to lose a battle with a useless drug that impairs human talent to zilch. There are many who submit to stimulation for the heck of it. It is very straightforward kind of idol worshipping to get into a self-annihilating routine. Money, fame and nuclear state of mind with all the paraphernalia of 'distance' created by celebrity culture it is a bit too easy. And even if one tries to get out, the harm is miserably earlier done.
This is one more wasteful death of a young man sadly, nothing will be learned from it, if we can be more down-to-earth and encourage a more involved interaction with each other such catastrophic ends can be avoided. Lately the mother of a Saskatoon teen who died from a drug called on the government to make changes to drug treatment programs.
Carla Fenton-Katchmar says parents need more power to help addicted teens. Her daughter Chante Katchmar,16, from an overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol. She started with ecstasy, when she was 13 years old, which led to other stronger drugs."When you are surrounded by people who do nothing but drugs and drinking and pills, that's what you see and what you believe," said Fenton-Katchmar. "She just got in that rut and she got deeper and deeper and I tried to pull her out."
After the distress and mourning fades, nothing is done. Those who have the money will get what they feel they need, even if it is something that they don’t need. You will always hear of celebrities breaking down, losing it because of the drugs that they are on. Drugs use by the rich famous and celebrities also make them trendy stuff for the youngsters. In the end, many more will die, more tears will be shed. The loop will continue to persist.
A drug culture that exists with all of its ugly tentacles continues to consume and devour talented youth within the entertainment and world at large, it is about time to stop this demand side consummation of drugs. It is not a supply side problem; it is a demand side evil. Supply side economists are a dime a dozen; while the legislators take on the evil of drugs by tackling the issue on the supply side, seedy highly criminalised markets of drugs make them more attractive high drama. This needs an open debate, drugs are an evil that needs to be tackled with some extraordinary legislation and inventive skills, prescribe them to those who are addicts.
Control the flow of drugs like we control prescription of medication drugs, suffocate the drug barons, tax the damn thing but address it. Instead of nourishing the monster that gobbles the best of America with a soft do-nothing approach, kill the demand side.