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Today, Kurt Cobain Should Be Turning 50. Why The Hell Is Anyone Still Using Heroin?

Teri Bildstein Update on 28-06-2018
Today, Kurt Cobain Should Be Turning 50. Why The Hell Is Anyone Still Using Heroin?

I don't care when you were born, if you have not heard of Kurt Cobain, something is wrong. In 1994, the lead singer of Nirvana joined the infamous 27 Club, when he lost his battle with addiction and depression. Yet, in the 20 years since his death, Cobain has remained a fixture in pop culture. From music to fashion, the grunge influence he brought to the world can still be felt today.   

On February 20, 2017 - Cobain should have turned 50. It should be a day of happiness that his gifts were brought into the world. Sadly, because of his death, that joy remains tarnished by "what might have beens." For many, it triggers a fear for what their own loved ones could be facing. Still, others ponder why anyone would insist on holding an addict in high esteem. 


Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 on February 20, 2017
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There has always been an argument that pop culture glamorizes drug use but I have to wonder if that influence holds true for heroin? While I don't pretend to have seen every movie in the world; those that have referenced heroin use are pretty damn dark. Vomit, death, amputation.... not a glamorous picture. In relation to other substances referenced in music; the number of songs featuring heroin as a star is a short list, indeed. Most celebrities known to suffer from heroin addiction have provided fairly solid examples of the Narcotics Anonymous definition of an addict -


We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails, institutions, and death.


Some will say, perhaps remembering Cobain and other musicians who faced the demons of addiction is glamorization enough. That could be a very fair point but it certainly seems that bit of shine should hardly be outweighing the negative press.

Despite these public examples, the heroin epidemic continues to grow. Overdose deaths linked to opioids continue to rise. New users begin every day. These facts leave most to believe the influence is coming from much closer to home. 

There was nothing joyful about the loss of Cobain but as with most times of sorrow, there is a chance something good could come from the pain. Perhaps on his birthday, we should make a point of reaching out to educate the young and explain to those around us how much worse the pain would be if it was them. The numbers surrounding heroin use indicate at least one person in each of our live's needs to hear it. 


Do you know someone who has suffered from addiction? Do you think pop culture still glamorizes heroin use? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!


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