Glee Star Cory Monteith died from Heroin and Alcohol Overdose

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 21st, 2013

Week in Review

Few people start out shooting up heroin.  The big time of drug use.  There’s a progression to get there.  Typically people start out drinking beer and smoking cigarettes.  Something the high school kids do at their parties.  Then a few of them start bringing the marijuana to the parties.  Then come the pills from the parent’s medicine cabinet.  Then the harder stuff.  Ecstasy.  Meth.  Cocaine.  PCP.  Then comes the heroin.  When the other highs just don’t do it anymore.  They call it chasing the dragon.  The search for the drug that will make the next high better than the last high.

This is why smoking marijuana is different than drinking alcohol.  Because drunk is drunk.  There’s no dragon to chase.  There’s alcoholism.  Liver disease.  And alcohol poisoning.  Things that may take years of serious abuse.  Unlike sticking a needle in your arm.  That can take your like away in an instant (see Cory Monteith died of heroin and alcohol overdose: B.C. coroner by Marsha Lederman and Sunny Dhillon posted 7/16/2013 on The Globe and Mail).

Cory Monteith, the Canadian actor who rose to fame with his portrayal of quarterback-turned-crooner Finn Hudson on the hit television show Glee, died of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.

The B.C. Coroners Service released results of Mr. Monteith’s autopsy Tuesday. It found the 31-year-old’s cause of death was “a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol…”

Mr. Monteith’s substance-abuse problems were well documented. He had previously spoken of his drug and alcohol use as a teenager and sought help for substance addiction earlier this year.

He fought for a decade or more to kick his substance-abuse problem.  But it was just too hard.  He wanted to get clean.  But couldn’t.  For the pull of these drugs is that strong.  Which is why it is better to never start using in the first place.  Sadly, a lesson learned when it is already too late.  After the addiction has taken hold.

Decriminalizing marijuana makes it easier.  For you won’t have to sneak around and buy your drugs from some shady dealer.  They’ll be able to buy their marijuana as easily as they buy their cigarettes.  And smoke their marijuana as easily as they smoke their cigarettes.  Then more kids will start chasing the dragon.  And move on to the harder drugs.  Become addicted.  And die from an overdose.  Something that is, sadly, all too common.  Because these illegal drugs are all too easy to get.

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