Drugs can, and they will, kill
you. In MY opinion, smoking a joint 4 times a year doesn't qualify as "drug use". But allowing drugs to
become a part of your daily life does.
The pattern never changes. You're nervous at
first, but you try it anyway - everybody else is, so you
do, too. You like it. Pretty soon, you're
spending money, and actively seeking and
buying drugs. You're not "trying" it anymore
- you've graduated. You're "using". In the beginning, maybe drugs were
"just for the weekend". In time, "weekends" last
all month. Months add up to a year. You
take it from there.
I must be the most
fortunate musician imaginable. I lived
in a world overflowing with drugs. I smoked
pot for the first time in 1963. I was still
smoking pot until early 1970. I snorted up piles of coke, experimented with almost
every drug you can think of (and maybe some you
can't) - but I could see what
regular drug use did to other people.
afraid of drugs
ONCE in my entire life I
bought drugs for my use - one ounce of pot - and that's the
absolute, gospel truth.
People always offered me drugs - all kinds of drugs. I've NEVER gone looking
for them. When drugs (pot or coke) were offered to me, sometimes I enjoyed them. Sometimes I declined.
I make no denials, and never did
I started to really change my thinking by about
1975. In 1980, I left California and moved to Florida. In Florida, I smoked pot (approximately) twice, and I snorted
coke about six, maybe
seven or eight times.
AND THEN I GREW UP
No more drugs for me. No matter who offered,
or what the circumstances - no. Absolutely NO.
I don't even want to be in the vicinity of drugs or
to me: if cocaine was legal, and a police officer
offered me a kilo - for free - I couldn't get away fast
If there were NO DRUG LAWS AT ALL, all I
can say is this:
NO. NO DRUGS FOR ME.
any drugs - are for those that want to live that life - and ultimately,
deal with the consequences.
more than enough problems - I'm assuredly not going to add drugs to the list.
It took less than 20
minutes to edit this list. It's not even the tip
of the iceberg - I'd have to spend days, even weeks,
researching drug related deaths. That's something
you can do if you're interested.
Look at this, and
think about it. These people are dead, many at
a very young age - thanks to drugs.
If you have
the time, work out the average age of all these
dead people .... it's enough to make you cry.
Flo Ballard (age 32) - (The Supremes) - long-term drug
John Belushi (age 33) - (The Blues Brothers) - heroin and
Bloomfield (age 36) - (blues guitarist) - heroin
Tommy Bolin (age 25) - (Deep Purple) - drugs and alcohol
Bruce (age 40) - (comedian) - morphine
Butterfield (age 44) - (blues guitarist) - drugs and
Brian Cole (age 29) - (The Association)
John Entwistle (age 57) - (The Who) -
Brian Epstein (age 32) - (manager of the
Beatles) - drug overdose
Howie Epstein (age 47)
- (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) - heroin
Rick Evers - (married to Carole King) - heroin
(age 30) - (The Bee Gees) - cocaine and alcohol
Bobby Hatfield (age 63) - (The Righteous Brothers) -
Jimi Hendrix (age 27) - alcohol and
Billie Holiday (age 45) - alcohol
Brian Jones (age 27) - (The Rolling
Stones) - alcohol and barbiturates
(age 27) - heroin
Frankie Lymon (age 25) -
Jimmy McCulloch (age 26) - (Paul
McCartney and Wings) - heroin
(age 24) - (Average White Band) - heroin
Moon (age 31) - (The Who) - anti-seizure medication
Jim Morrison (age 27) - (The Doors) - heroin and
Brent Mydland (age 37) - (The Grateful
Dead) - cocaine and morphine
Gram Parsons (age 26) - (The Byrds
/ Flying Burrito Brothers) - morphine and tequila
John Phillips (age 65) - (The Mamas and Papas) -
alcohol and narcotics
Elvis Presley (age 42) -
David Ruffin - (age 50) - (The
Temptations) - drug overdose
Joe Schermie - (age 56) - (Three Dog Night) - long-term drug
I met several of the
people on this list - not all of them. I didn't know any of them,
they weren't my friends.
played at the same shows with them, and met them very
briefly. I met Elvis plenty of times in Memphis.
There's a message
here, please learn it well. It's only four words:
STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS
It always starts the same way: "chipping" was a word we
used back in the 1960s. "Chipping" equates to
"just playing around - just getting high.
Just having a little fun."
- not any addict - ever started out believing
their world would revolve around drugs. Everybody
- every addict - believes the same bullshit: "It's
nothing - I can control this. I can stop any time
If they can stop any time
they want, then why are so many