Whitney Houston’s Death Sparks of the Addiction Debate Again

We’ve been through this before and it does not end here either. Whitney Houston joined a long list of celebrities that have fallen victim to substance abuse. Her tragic death has once again raised questions about the nexus between Hollywood, drugs and Alcohol and more specifically what is means to America as a society.

Heath ledger, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse are just a few names of celebrities who died recently because of problems relating to narcotics. The stories of their death are even more painful considering the timing of their deaths. Heath Ledger had the world at his feet, having reprised the role of the Joker in “The Dark Knight” and just when people were looking forward to this exciting young actor, came the shocking news of his demise. He even went on to win the Oscar for the ‘best supporting actor’ after his death. The case of Michael Jackson is also equally heart wrenching. All plans were in place for his concert to take place and he was through with a majority of his rehearsals as well. The worlds lined up to buy tickets to his concert and were waiting to be enthralled by the King of Pop when the unimaginable happened. The shady story behind his death has made his case even murkier.

There seems to be another section of celebrities, who seem to revel in making use of such negative coverage. Take the case of Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen. Shuttling in and out of rehab sessions seems to be a fashion statement. These cases over the years have confused America’s media on how to treat these subjects. The question of whether to celebrate their life of success or to portray the darker side of showbiz and tell people what success brings along.  The White House Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske has told the American public that Whitney’s death could be considered as a “teachable moment.” As it stands, the coroner has summoned her doctor for some of her reports, while the world mourns the death of the Queen of Pop who leaves behind a legacy of 11 number one hits and 55 million album sales.

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