UN: Celebrities encouraging drug use among youth

Filed under: In The News, Alcohol & Drugs

According to the United Nations' drug control agency, parents who fear that drug-abusing celebrities are setting a bad example for our kids have good reason to be concerned. The International Narcotic Control Board says it's not the drug use alone that is at issue here, but the treatment many celebrities receive from the criminal justice system.

"They get more lenient responses by the judiciary and law enforcement, and that is regrettable," Professor Hamid Ghodse, a member of the INCB, says. "There should not be any difference between a celebrity who is breaking the law and non-celebrities. Not only does it give the wrong messages to young people, who are quite impressionable, but the wider public becomes cynical about the responses to drug offenders."

Fortunately, I am not all that familiar with the criminal justice system when it comes to drug offenses, but you don't have to look that hard to find some glaring examples of what appears to be preferential treatment given to drug-abusing celebrities.

When model Kate Moss was photographed snorting cocaine, most of us assumed her career was over. In the immediate aftermath, she did lose a few contracts. But when no charges were pressed, she bounced back quite nicely and seems to have more work than ever. And don't even get me started on her former boyfriend Pete Doherty. He seems to famous because he abuses drugs.

Do you agree with the U.N. that these celebrities are glamorizing drug use and that the criminal justice system is playing favorites?

Celebs setting a bad example?(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Courtney Love (with daughter Frances Bean)Lindsay LohanRobert Downey Jr.Nicole RichiePete Doherty

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