Hollywood and Cocaine

Addiction and drug overdoses have long plagued the high style and highly public lives of Hollywood. It’s hard to say if the fast paced, high style life lead to the abuse of drugs or if it’s the idea that as an actor or singer that one could be indispensable while using. Either way, it is not something new. Perhaps one may think that because those in Hollywood tend to have a wealth of money they are able to buy drugs more easily than others. Of course, no matter who you are, the effects and addictive qualities of this illegal drug are not immune from even the elite of Hollywood.

Entertainers are the Targets of Cocaine Addiction

Many people may be able to name a handful of actors and singers they knew that had their lives cut too short due to cocaine overdoses. Chris Farley died of a drug overdose of cocaine and heroin in December 1997. River Phoenix died as a result of taking a combination of cocaine and heroin outside of the night club The Viper Room. He was 23 years old. John Belushi, beloved comic of Saturday Night Live fame, died of an overdose of cocaine and heroin, at the age of 33. Most recently the over enthusiastic TV pitchman, Billy Mays, had cocaine (along with other drugs) found in his blood stream after his autopsy.

The Cinema and Cocaine Depiction

The period prior to World War II saw cocaine use portrayed both in comic situations and in so-called exploitation films which more closely mirrored sensational press coverage where cocaine was viewed as the ‘gateway’ drug to opiates. Cocaine largely disappeared from the recreational drugs scene until the late 1960s. Since then, films as diverse as Easy Rider (1969), Annie Hall (1977), Scarface (1983) and Clean and Sober (1988) have framed cocaine use and dealing variously as comic, heroic, glamorous, as well as damaging. This contrasts with crack cocaine in the context of black cinema in the 1980s and 1990s where settings of violence and death predominate. With the cocaine cartels as the focus, Traffic (2000) questions for the first time in a Hollywood movie, the efficacy of the ‘war on drugs’ while the cocaine trafficking film Blow (2001) returns to a more traditional Hollywood view of vice punished.

George Jung

“A choice without consequences is no choice at all.” This quote is posted on the official Web site of George Jung. Who is George Jung you may ask?

George Jacob Jung (born August 6, 1942), nicknamed “Boston George”, was a major player in the cocaine trade in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s; he was infamous for being one of the most prolific drug traffickers in the United States during that time. Jung was a part of the Medellen Cartel which was responsible for up to 85 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. He specialized in the smuggling of cocaine from Colombia on a large scale. His life story was portrayed in the 2001 movie Blow, starring Johnny Depp.

Slang Terms of Cocaine

Blow is a slang for cocaine, as used in the title of the 2001 movie. Cocaine is also called caviar, snow, cocktail, stardust and rock star. These names show the flamboyant and high class quality of cocaine. Cocaine is usually the drug of choice in the higher circles of Hollywood due to its immediate physical effects.

Physical Effects of Cocaine

The results of smoking or injecting cocaine can be nearly instantaneous, and these immediate effects wear off in 30 minutes to two hours. There are two distinct categories of cocaine effects: short-term effects and long-term effects. Even if a person has only used cocaine once, they can experience short-term cocaine effects. Long-term cocaine effects appear after increased periods of use and are dependent upon the duration of time and amount of cocaine that has been consumed. People who try cocaine often get hooked to the short-term cocaine effects, namely feeling as though they have increased energy. The quick high keeps users feeling energetic and able to endure longer in physical activities. New cocaine users often try cocaine to increase productivity at work and in other areas of their lives so that they can work longer and harder. While these results may seem promising in the beginning, increased tolerance and dangerous life choices often follow repeated cocaine use.

Cocaine effects and addiction don’t distinguish between class, gender, age or even Hollywood. If you or someone you know needs help with a cocaine rehab treatment, we are here to help. Please call our toll free number. We are here to answer your questions on cocaine treatment and recovery.

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