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UN Declare War On UK Celebrities ::

Reported by Tristan Ingram on March 11, 2008

The United Nations attacked ‘celebrity endorsement of drug related lifestyles’ in their latest annual drugs report this week and complained that not enough celebs are being punished by the courts.

“They get more lenient responses from the judiciary and law enforcement and that is regrettable,” said UN drug warrior Professor Hamid Ghodse, “Not only does it give the wrong messages to young people who are often quite impressionable but the wider public become cynical about the responses to drug offenders.” (Metro)

Fellow UN drug fighter Philip Emafo, president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), went even further stating ‘celebrities are often involved in illicit drug trafficking or in illicit drug use and this is glamorized. If, indeed, they have committed offences they should be dealt with.”

The scale of the problem was inadvertently highlighted by UK tabloid darling Lily Allen, this week, when she complained about the difficulties of living an  abstinence based lifestyle on the celebrity scene she’s dominated for the last 12 months.

"I've been sad and quite lonely recently because if you're young, living in London and working in this (celebrity) industry, unless you drink and take a lot of drugs, there's not much to do,” she told Glamour magazine, “I've been sitting on my own watching TV,” she added, “It's boring to go out if everyone else is taking cocaine and shouting at me".

Civil liberties guru Danny Kushlick from Transform also entered the debate describing the UN’s latest report as deeply flawed.

 “People don’t take drugs because Amy Winehouse takes drugs. It entirely misses the point,” said Danny, “They take drugs because they make them feel better or they stop them feeling bad.” (Guardian) (‘Amy is on her way out and as the world is profiting from this decline we thought it only fair that you should profit from it too. Guess her final breath and be crowned Mr. Or Mrs. Death. Winner will be rewarded with a iPod Touch . . .’) (Kate and Pete) (Don’t Get Caught tips)

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