Patrick K. Kroupa and a Blog
I have set up a temporary email address so that I can get the answers to two questions.
- Where is Patrick?
- I have lost touch with Patrick K. Kroupa and I need to find him. Specifically, I am hoping that he will be willing to read an advance copy of the second edition of Heroin User's Handbook and write a blurb for the back of the book. But there's more. Right now, Frankly Curious Media is looking to publish books by Jim Hogshire and Th. Metzger (not that Metzger knows yet). I would like to talk to Patrick about doing something for us too.
- Should Heroin Helper have a blog?
- So much is happening in the world that our readers would be interested in: drugs, the drug war, prison politics, and all that. Currently, about 2000 people visit here every day. It could make for some lively conversations. Let me know what you think.
Send me email. I will do my best to respond, but don't take offense if I don't. I'm really busy. I will not hold on to your email address. I will delete it. You do not need to worry about anyone learning that you wrote to us.
Heroin and other opioids have been a very large number of famous people. Here is our on-going project to provide short biographies of heroin celebrities
- Dan Aykroyd
- Was Dan Aykroyd ever a heroin user? It depends upon when you ask him.
- John Belushi
- Belushi was a heavy cocaine user through most of his adult life. Right at the end of his life, he began using heroin. His death is widely attributed to a speedball overdose but it was likely a cocaine overdose.
- David Bowie
- A heavy cocaine and occasional heroin user.
- William S. Burroughs
- Burroughs was the father of the "beat" movement with books like Junkie and The Naked Lunch.
- Kurt Cobain
- Kurt Cobain is a tragic figure in the heroin subculture. Most people think that drugs killed him, but in the end it seems more likely that he was killed by the intolerance of those around him who could not come to terms with his drug use.
- Miles Davis
- Miles Davis was one of the inventors of cool jazz.
- Thomas De Quincy
- The writer of Confessions of an English Opium Eater was an opium addict for almost fifty years--the William S. Burroughs of his day!
- Robert Downey, Jr.
- The most oppressed man in America?
- Ben Franklin
- This founding father was known to occasionally use opium recreationally.
- Jerry Garcia
- Although the Grateful Dead are strongly associated with psychedelics--especially LSD--Garcia used heroin on and off throughout most of his adult life. His death is often attributed to "heroin overdose" like the death the just about any famous heroin user. Garcia was a chain-smoker who was also quite over-weight and in poor overall health. This is undoubtably the primary reason for his death: general system failure. The official causes was heart failure which he experienced at a rehab clinic.
- Boy George
- He wasn't a junkie for long, but he has some good stories about being an addict.
- Herman Goering
- Goering became a morphine addict in WWI because of an injury. He stayed addicted to morphine for the rest of his life. In WWI, he was an ace pilot with 22 confirmed "kills". Under Hitler, he was the commander of the Nazi air force (Luftwaffe). He was so liked by Hitler, that Hitler named him his successor; various failures during WWII, however, caused him to fall out of favor with the Nazi leader who used him publicly as a scapegoat for war troubles. Goering is most remembered as the leader of the Luftwaffe, but he is an excellent example of how little a problem opioid addiction is, when the opioid is legal and readily available. Goering was found guilty of war crimes after WWII and sentenced to hang--he killed himself before the sentence could be carried out.
- Billie Holiday
- Billie Holiday was one of the greatest singers of this century. But like many great artists the US government treated her very poorly.
- Love was the psychedelic version of the Velvet Underground. In it's original incarnation, it did not last long but still managed to produce two of the greatest rock albums ever.
- Bela Lugosi
- "Dracula" spent a decade plus addicted to morphine and methadone.
- Charlie Parker
- Probably the greatest sax player of all time, Parker was also a life-long heroin addict.
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Since Poe died before heroin was invented, he clearly never used heroin. It is well-documented, however, that he used opium with some regularity.
- Elvis Presley
- You doubt us? You doubt that the king of rock-n-roll was a junkie? We'll provide you with the facts--you can decide for yourself. Also check out the strange story of Elvis and Nixon.
- Keith Richards
- We'll get around to dealing with him soon enough.
- Tom Sizemore
- You may remember him as the sick cop who kills a prostitute in Natural Born Killers. The word is that he is now off smack. The story goes that Robert De Niro showed up on Tom's doorstep one morning with Tom's mom to confront him about his heroin use (I'm so touched my eyes are getting all watery). One telling has De Niro threatening to turn Sizemore into the police for "heroin use" which may be true even though heroin use is not illegal--De Niro wouldn't necessarily know this fine point of law. I wrote a short rant about how I would like to see him playing fewer cops.
- James Taylor
- The prototypical "singer/songwriter" of the 1970s was an on again, off again heroin user.