Drugs bane of the gifted

Quite often, some people gifted with various talents like artists and soccer stars fail to manage their fame and the pressure that comes with it.

Quite often, some people gifted with various talents like artists and soccer stars fail to manage their fame and the pressure that comes with it.

In the end they ruin their lives. They become vulnerable to the influence of peddlers, ending up in drugs. They lose everything they have acquired during their prime.

Some who could not seek help and who could no longer be rehabilitated have since died.

On Sunday, we woke up to the sad news that Grammy award-winning soul diva Whitney Houston is no more.

It was well-known that she had a drug problem and it is believed that she died because of drugs overdose.

There are many other talented musicians or celebrities who have died due to drug overdose. There are issues about whether the drugs were prescribed or not.

But, why does talent - and life - have to end this way?

Educational material on drugs are universally available and celebrities should know better.

The news about Houston brought the memories of how we lost our queen of South African pop music Brenda Fassie. Although her music producer Chicco Sello Twala took her to rehabilitation, it did not help. If she were not addicted, we would be dancing to her new tunes.

However, we have role models like great music legends Hugh Masekela who came out and cleaned his acts. He also helped Tshepo Tshola who was also addicted.

He took him to a rehabilitation centre and had since cleaned his acts. Kelly Khumalo revealed that she stopped taking drugs six months ago and hopes she will never touch the stuff again.

It took courage and strength for Masekela and Tshola to acknowledge their problem and seek help. We need more of them.

Others have to learn from them. In that way life and talent will triumph over drugs.

On the other hand, drug-dealers have to be nailed. The fact that the havoc drugs wreak knows no boundaries suggests a need for global efforts to deal with the problem.

Drugs destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self-esteem.

Let there be a war on drugs.

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