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Does the Media Affect Opium Use?

Does the Media Affect Opium Use?Opium use has infiltrated many motion pictures, songs and the lives of many celebrities. This can encourage opium abuse, but it can be devastating given opium’s addictive potential. The following songs exemplify how the media encourages opium use:

  • “Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is about heroin addiction, as it chronicles lead singer Anthony Kiedis’s heroin addiction
  • “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars discusses a break up with lyrics that state, “If you ever leave me, baby, leave some morphine at my door”

These songs, plus many, have landed in Billboard’s top 10 songs. Rock stars grace posters, movies, magazines and more throughout their careers, many of them openly dealing with drug addiction. They encourage fans to copy the styles they wear, sing the songs they write and even to use the same words they do. To think that this does not affect a fan’s opinion on drugs is ignorant.

The media has glorified many celebrities who have died due to heroin and opium addiction, such as the following artists:

  • Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, publically battled with heroin addiction and ended up committing suicide in the early 90’s. His drug use was highly publicized, but seemed to take a backseat to his successes. This can be highly confusing to the public, as his drug use which ended up killing him is not taken as seriously as his legacy.
  • Elvis Presley struggled with heroin addiction throughout his many years as a star. The media and his fans constantly glorified his style, music, voice and his looks, but his drug use seemed only to create another dynamic characteristic to his life.

By airing concerts where artists are under the influence, producing movies such as Requiem for a Dream where drug use is tied to relatable characters and through music that pivots around drug use, the media fuels the public to feel like drug use is normal. But it is not normal, in fact is it life threatening, highly dangerous and should be discussed rather than glorified.

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