Pop Culture’s Glamorization of Drugs

Kate Moss is one of the most recognized models in the world.

She has been the face of designer’s collections season after season, and she has served as the epitome of beauty for a few decades. Kate Moss has lived a life of drug abuse.

Kate Moss hit the scene in 1991 after being discovered at New York’s JFK Airport. Her face is then everywhere, with Calvin Klein taking the most interest in the young, insanely skinny model. Kate’s life is quickly a whirlwind of jobs, jetsetting and Hollywood men. She dated Johnny Depp, hung out with Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves, then dated Pete Doherty, and was caught snorting lines of cocaine in 2005. She loses a job, and H&M campaign, but manages to keep her deal as the face of Dior.

The newest high fashion look becomes that of a strung out addict. Kate Moss’ absent looks and sunken skin become the desire of every young person looking at Vogue and the like.

The glamorization of drugs has not decreased since.

The music industry constantly promotes drug abuse. In song lyrics like, “I take a couple uppers, I down a couple downers, but nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills,” and “Driving that train, high on cocaine,” rappers and musicians seem to feel that drug abuse is commonplace. The lifestyle is almost assumed, and the next generation is subjected to the ongoing glamorization of drugs.

How can we prevent addiction if all the people we put on the cover of magazines, featured on billboards, TV shows, and movies, and who we pay top dollar to entertain us, are okay with promoting their chosen lifestyle of drugs and alcohol?

Kate Moss looks many years older than her age. She appears to be sober now, having gotten married and quietly raising children, and Pete Doherty has been in jail and may possibly be clean.

The media’s glamorization of drugs though, and their escaping addiction alive status, it’s no wonder that young people don’t see the true danger in drug addiction.

Treatment is the only way to truly break the disease of addiction. Even if the glamorization of drugs never changes, addicts need to be educated, intervened on, and treated to stand a chance at a healthy life.

Instead of looking at those who seem glamorous while living high, let’s use cases like Cory Monteith and Amy Winehouse as better examples of where a life of addiction can take us.

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