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United Nations Says Stop Being Soft on Celebrity Drug Users

It's common knowledge that drug use often goes hand in hand with the celebrity lifestyle. Countless famous abusers check in to rehab, or even sing about it. Pictures of celebrity junkies using drugs are widely available in magazines or on the internet. But, is public airing of celebrities' habits too small a price to pay for breaking the law?

The UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) thinks celebrity abusers are getting off too easily when it comes to criminal sentencing. In its annual report, the INCB maintains that when celebrities glamorize a drug-related lifestyle, it influences the youth, a group most vulnerable to celebrity culture.

The INCB is warning countries against disproportionately targeting low-level offenders. Instead, countries should go after high-profile users, as well as the criminal gangs fueling the drug trade.

Do you think that celebrities get soft treatment from the criminal justice system? Should we expect them to be role models, and therefore make examples of them when they violate the law?


mimmimmi mimmimmi 9 years
it's fair, but it's also hard to be fameous.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
What a great image: The entire UN sitting around reading and discussing People magazine! Awesome! Good to see the American Dollar at work!
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
What I think is that it is ridiculous that the UN has started to read US Weekly and People and other such publications. Seriously, you are the UN!
godsbutterfly godsbutterfly 9 years
yes they do and thats why they never learn and get worse and worse!!
samantha999 samantha999 9 years
Agree but they can afford the top legal teams and the LA justice system is a joke. 84 minutes for being high and driving on the wrong side of the highway? They should be forced into a boot camp like rehab center and made to clean up their acts in all areas. But for the UN to make these comments when they are soft on drug dealers, slave traders and terrorists makes it a joke. You need a strong and respected international group to stand up against this. Or even enough of the general public to protest to their law makers.
XpsX XpsX 9 years
yes yes yes can't agree more!!!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I agree wholeheartedly. Most celebrities get a light slap on the wrist whereas the rest of the citizenry pulls hard time and/or a hefty fine. Crazy!
demeter demeter 9 years
I definitely agree!!
amers230 amers230 9 years
they shouldn't be made examples of, but they should get the same treatment that regular people do. seriously, some celebrities should have been thrown in jail a looooong time ago.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
They do get away with it just because they're famous. They shouldn't get harsher treatment than normal people, nor should they be used as examples, but they should get the same sentences that the Joe Smiths of the world get for comparable usage.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
I totally agree. Celebs totally get soft treatment. Look at the number of times Pete Doherty got off even though he violated his parole multiple times. And Lindsay Lohan? Anyone who isn't a celebrity would've been locked up, if they committed anything that either of them did.
ElenaEv ElenaEv 9 years
It's not the drug users that should be severely punished, but the dealers! Law supposed to be gentle with users anyway. Also magazines and post on the net 'advertising' drugs shouldn't be so wide spread. Because writing about celebrities earning tones of money and partying hard (drugs included) isn't exactly the worst advertisement ever existed...
i_love_miu i_love_miu 9 years
Finally some recognition of the light sentences imposed on the famous. Everyone should be equal in the legal system.
Advah Advah 9 years
I agree, Mymellowman. And I don't think the media should talk about them using drugs too much. While I'm all for the media being free, I don't appreciate drugs becoming part of every day gossip like that..
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I agree, as long as there are drug convictions there should be parity in drug related sentencing. However, I take issue with the statement about "influences the youth". Celebrity drug use and drug culture has been in the media for a good forty years now, if anything, I suggest that it is less glamorized now than it was forty years ago. Certainly, modern youth are influenced by an equal presence of late "Just say no" and current "Above the influence" campaigns in the media as well?
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Sure, they should get the same treatment, but the UN definitely has better things to worry about.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Oh, I and I LOVE "Love Actually"! You guys are making me want to go home and watch it!
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I think that we should drop drug illegality alltogether, profit from it and use the money to do some good, instead. Let all the drug users out of jail to make room for *real* criminals and there's more money we can use to make the world a better place. The "War on Drugs" is a fricking joke.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
3M and cine, I could not agree more. We shouldn't go out of our way to "make examples" out of celebs, but they certainly shouldn't scrape by without punishment, either.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I remember reading that Robert Downey, Jr. was found sleeping in some kid's bed. He literally broke into a house and went to sleep in this little kid's bed. I believe he got some jail time but not a whole lot for that. What really kills me though is all the celebrity DUIs. A DUI should be treated as attempted murder because if you get behind the wheel of a car impaired by alcohol or drugs, you have the potential to attempt to kill someone. DUIs seem to be a traffic violation in LA, akin to a parking ticket. But you probably get more time for a parking ticket so there goes that idea.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
HAHA. I remember that scene tdamji! It makes me laugh every time! :)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this reminds me of the movie "love actually" where the aging rock star says on tv "dont buy drugs...become a pop star and they'll give you them for free!"
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
"~Yup" ~Yup
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
"Celebrities should get the same exact treatment as anyone else, no more, no less." ~Yup
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