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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Helen Mirren and the cocaine habit

The New York Times Magazine published an interview with Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen, Gosford Park, Prime Suspect, etc. etc. etc.) in which she was asked about her well-known use of and love of cocaine. She said this:
I haven't touched it for 20 years, and I gave it up for a very good reason, which is that it's not what it does to you, it's what it does to other people. The people who grow the coca leaves are brutalized and murdered, and that's the issue you forget when you're having a lovely time at a party. 
It seems to me that those words should be proclaimed from the housetops, pulpits, podiums, websites, and every other means of getting out the message, especially to young people.