THE DRUGS THAT ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCING POP CULTURE AT THIS TIME
- December 14, 2018
Some media researchers consider Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey (1821) to be the first project that revealed why creative people indulge in drugs. Since the 19th century, however, Quincey’s ideas have skyrocketed into a pop culture jungle flooding with images of drugs, alcohol, and other distasteful activities. From LSD use during the Beatnik movement to the cocaine diet adopted by fashion models, intoxicating and addictive substances seem to be everywhere in modern media. In fact, the line between artistry and addiction is very slim. Let’s not forget a string of films like Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream, and The Hangover. Of course, let’s not forget how Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie) used Vicodin in excess on the series House.So, which drugs are taking the pop culture world by storm? Let’s take a closer look and find out more.
Overall, this drug is a surprising entry on the list, to an extent. After all, isn’t Adderall the drug that is used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? While that is true, in recent decades, adults have started using this powerball of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine to get a kick for work or study time. As a result, Adderall goes by several street names including beans and study buddies (making you reconsider this phrase if it is uttered by your teen). Ultimately, this drug has become popular in the hip-hop industry, notably when Detroit rapper Danny Brown explained that Adderall is the steroid of the rap business.
Now, this drug has always enjoyed an unfortunately powerful status in pop culture. Derived from the coca plant, cocaine is a drug that stimulates the release of dopamine, resulting in an overload of intense bursts of energy. So, you can begin to see why Bolivian marching powder (as cocaine is sometimes called) is so popular in the rock and roll industry. One of the most notable past users is Steven Tyler, frontman and lead singer for Aerosmith. Plus, we cannot forget cocaine’s infamous role in the film Scarface, starring Al Pacino as a crime boss who builds his empire on a snow-white foundation of addiction.
As unfortunate as it may sound, painkillers are taking the world by storm (not always intentionally), but fentanyl is a particularly dangerous addition to the list of pop culture drugs. A synthetic variant of a natural opiate, this drug is more powerful than morphine, more addictive than heroin, and deadlier than any drug you may have heard about. So, what could make the situation worse? How about the fact that people are putting fentanyl in pills like Xanax? As a result of taking these pills, singers Prince and Tom Petty lost their lives (tragically too early).
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