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Rock stars' views on drugs send wrong message

ColumnistsBy Caoimhe Young
Rock stars' views on drugs send wrong message

Did the mixed messages we give kids about drugs play any role in the tragic death of Ana Hick?

While it’s nothing like the Irish attitude to drink, we can also be very casual about ‘recreational’ drug use.

I’m sure you’ve said, or been around someone who said, something casually non-committal about a joint maybe, a little bit of weed in front of a group of innocent young minds. 

This week, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder urged authorities in the U.K. and Ireland to legalise drugs after Ana’s death, after it was believed she took the dangerous PMMA substance last weekend.

Reformed hellraiser Ryder said: “I have heard now of a number of deaths caused by PMMA and it just goes to show that it is time to legalise the drugs. Take them out of the hands of gangsters.”

This is in the same week that Brit pop legend Noel Gallagher admitted he was high when he wrote all the biggest Oasis tracks.

He also blamed drugs when asked to recall his claim that Oasis were bigger than Jesus or the Beatles – a little bit disappointing that he can’t just stand by that famously arrogant statement.

He said: “I might have been high when I said that. I think I was probably. In our day we were pretty good. I wrote better lyrics [than the Beatles].”

He admitted he would go out partying, use drugs, and then return home to write lyrics. Noel, who is now clean, doesn’t talk about his battle to keep off drugs.

He said he spent £1million on cocaine and enjoyed every minute of it.

Two working-class heroes. Both men were amazingly talented – well one more than the other – but they didn’t get to be famous by doing loads of drugs. 

Drugs won’t be legalised anytime soon in Ireland, although with the week that’s in it, anything seems possible.

Ana Hick’s mum’s eulogy gave you a picture. 

It’s a rite of passage for many of us, but if you think of the scumbags involved in the drug trade, and forget about Kate Moss and Noel Gallagher for a second, it’s a rite of passage you don’t want your flesh and blood to go through.

For Ana’s mother, this rite has cost her the bond she shared with her daughter. The struggle she will face without her, after one little tablet, will last for the rest of her life. 

It’s not just a little tablet though is it? Just be sure to tell them that.