A 27 year old woman dies and she ‘deserves’ it??

I felt the need to have a bit of a rant after hearing the news about Amy Winehouse. Now I wasn’t a particular fan but of course have followed her life over the last few years as we all have as she batttled her addictions.

Here comes the rant. Having logged onto Twitter and (and Facebook briefly but really, I knew that would be even more ignorant) there are varying comments being made. A lot saying how sad it is, some how it was inevitable but also some that she deserved it.

After the news yesterday about the mostly young lives lost in Norway then of course one death is not as big but the fact is Amy’s death is more relevant to us in this country and she’s a celeb. Celeb stories alway pull in the crowds rightly or wrongly.

Amy had a lot of problems and she did access rehab and help on several occasions but it just shows the power and control that drugs (legal and illegal) had on her that she lost her life due to it. The thing that gets me is that people fail to realise that all sorts of addictions can lead to death. OK so we’re not all dying suddenly like she has but people do die from making unheathy choices in life be it smoking, toking, drinking, snorting, injecting, overeating or engaging in other risky but fun behaviours. In fact how many deaths are really 100% blame free? If someone dies of cancer because of an addiction to legal drug Nicotine should we all not be sad and dismiss it because they ‘deserved’ it. If someone dies of heart disease because they enjoy eating junk food should we not give a shit?? If someone doesn’t wake up on a night out after too much legal beer and vodka do they deserve it? If a young person snorts a few lines too many on a Friday night and their heart gives out should we all hoorah??

I hope Amy is at peace wherever she is and I hope all the people who are making despicable comments do not lose anyone they love because of a natural human compulsion to eat things, drink things or take things that make them feel better.

Peace, love, EMPATHY!!

Stace x

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Posted on July 23, 2011, in Drugs and Alcohol, People, Random ramblings, Things that make me go 'aaaaarrrrggghhhh'. and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I have never been so prouder, this is absoloutly brillliant Stacey. You should run for PM as you make more sense than any other so called experts in the drug field.

  2. Well put. The national grief and inevitable backlash to such tragedies as the sad loss of Amy Winehouse echo many of the earlier media responses to high profile cases such as Billie Carlton 1918 and Freda Kempton 1922. Unfortunately the backlash in the media tends to focus on society’s need to protect people from the dangers of drugs by calling for stiffer penalties rather than a radical rethink. Drug use has gone up by 1000% since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, 100% would be a catastrophic enough statistic. Had our paternalistic society brought drugs under stricter controls by decriminalising their use we may not have to witness another tragic death in the long list of both famous and non famous people alike.

  3. Amy Winehouse was clearly a very troubled lady – and we as a society have let her down by failing to rescue her, despite the numerous cries for help. It was happening in front of our eyes, like so many other (less famous) individuals.
    It’s not her fault – it’s ours.
    She most certainly didn’t ‘deserve’ to die. Just as someone who has smoked all their lives doesn’t ‘deserve to die of lung cancer’.
    Amy Winehouse took drugs, yes. These are not the actions of a clear-thinking, rational person. So to suggest that she ‘desrves’ to lose her life is incredibly ignorant. None of us have the right to take that ‘moral highground’.
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of an incredibly talented lady. It’s such a waste.

  4. Stacey, very well put. I think the issue you highlight most is one of education. Are children and adults not well-informed enough about the dangers of excess. The government and many charities do their utmost and spend millions each year to educate us all on the perils of drinking too much, smoking, drugs (legal and illegal) and junk food.

    I have nothing but empathy and sympathy for Amy’s family and friends as losing a loved one is never easy. But at the same time I see a young woman with an undoubted talent who has literally drank, smoked, snorted and injected herself to death.

    Others have suffered a similar fate and a few have brought themselves back from the brink. The only lesson to learn here I think is the preciousness and fragility of human life.

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