Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds: The Link Between Music and Drug Use

“More than 125 people a day are dying from drug overdoses of heroin and pills in this country. It’s a bigger killer than gun violence, car accidents or terror attacks”, writes an article from FOX 5 New York. “[S]ome are wondering if popular music is promoting a dangerous climate where drug use is normal.” “[W]hile pot served its purpose, often hallucinogenic, LSD was the drug the foundling hippy communities had been waiting for”, writes an article from The Guardian exploring the link between music and drug use. From proverbial evidence of every rock group ever using drugs to statistics of MDMA usage spiking at EDM concerts, the relationship between music and drug use is undeniable. Unfortunately, as the statistics also show, this relationship can prove fatal. music and drug use

Students die at concerts. Drugs land people in prison. Years of life are lost to drug-fueled stupors. These aren’t horror stories – these are very real effects of music and drug use. And while it may seem that blaming music is extreme, in reality, the media glorifies drug use and music is at the forefront of this wave. The connection between music and drug use transcends genre as well – be it British invasion, gangsta rap, or modern pop music, drug use is rapidly becoming mainstream. Tove Lo has hundreds of millions of YouTube views about her “Habits” of staying “high all the time”. Amy Winehouse refuses to go to “Rehab”. Music and drug are inextricably joined together on a journey that makes unhealthy behaviors seem oh-so-glorious.

Talking to Your Child about Music and Drug Use

Much like the case with any other form of media, at the end of the day, the final decision about every action lies with the individual. A violent movie may extol killing people but pulling the trigger is a person’s choice. As a parent, though, it is important to discuss the difference between reality and fiction with your child. Although the line may seem obvious to an adult, a child’s mind is more susceptible to influence.

This is not to say that music should be cut out of a child’s life – as a matter of fact, for many people, music offers a perfectly healthy outlet. It can be a good creative outlet or a way to relax. However, in a situation where your child becomes friends with self-proclaimed hippies, talks about the benefits of marijuana, and plays 1960s music around the clock, there is a distinct possibility that they are themselves using drugs. Warning your child about the dangers of taking music too literally can go a long way toward helping them stay healthy.

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