Jeez, that’s the point of it after all.
Rock star Damon Albarn has come under fire after describing his past heroin use as “very agreeable and very creative”.
No one would take the stuff if it wasn’t agreeable. But of course we get the wowsers:
Mark Dempster, who is one of the country’s most respected addiction experts and runs a Harley Street drug counselling clinic, said it was very irresponsible for people in the public eye to dismiss the dangers of heroin.
He said: “It is really not a good idea for a rock star to suggest that heroin can help you be creative.
“In music you get this whole rock and roll thing where it is seen as living on the edge and living for the ultimate hit, but that is a rather naïve view.
“To send out a message that heroin is glamorous is very dangerous because you may have young people who are already smoking cannabis and this simply helps make the leap between the two that much easier.
“There maybe people who are able to take heroin recreationally for a short period of time, but the reality is that for most people, it does not take very long at all for you to become physically addicted.
Crippled JC on a pogo stick: no one ever becomes physically addicted to heroin. Psychologically addicted to it, yes, sure, but not physically. And the vast majority who use heroin at one time or another don’t even become that. Finally, near all the harms that do come from use come from the fact that the stuff’s illegal. Those who get hold of the pharmaceutically pure stuff (and there’s always a few in the medical system who do) have no particular problem in keeping themselves and their careers going for decades.
But that this is one of the country’s leading “drug counsellors” spouting this nonsense shows how absurd the ground over which this is debated is.