Famous Users

Throughout history artists, writers, musicians, politicians, and celebrities have experimented with mind-altering chemicals. Sometimes openly, often secretly.

Famous Amphetamine Users

Charlie Parker B-bombs (bronchitis inhalers) were the jazz maestro's introduction to drugs Adolf Hitler Couldn't function without daily methylamphetamine injections into his buttocks by his physician, Doctor Morell. Also took cocaine eyedrops. Anthony Eden MP British Prime Minister 'lived on Benzedrine' throughout the 1952 Suez Crisis. Judy Garland Hollywood's favorite drug starlet. Developed an amphetamine addiction after using it to keep her weight down. This soon led to a parallel addiction to barbiturates taken to make sleep possible.


Famous Cocaine Users

Stephen King From 1979-1987, the horror novelist was addicted to cocaine, describing it as his "on switch" and cannot remember a couple of books he wrote during this period. King claims it saved him from alcoholism and an early grave: "without coke I'd have gone on drinking until about the age of 55 and it would have been a couple of lines in the New York Times: 'Writer Stephen King dies of stroke.' Sigmund Freud Wrote effervescently of the "exhilaration and lasting euphoria" and its "stimulative effect on the genitalia". Even penned a (now hard-to-find) essay, 'UberCoca,' extolling its virtues. " Changed his mind about the substance when a patient friend of his died of an overdose.


Famous Ecstasy Users

Shaun Ryder Band Name - Happy Mondays. Single - 'FreakyDancin'. Album - 'Pills, Thrills and Bellyache.' Tattoo - 'Ecstasy Shaun.' Results - conclusive. Legend has it that Shaun and percussionist Bez drove into town with one of the first big batches of Ecstasy filling their car trunk. Alexander Shulgin The research chemist who rediscovered MDMA in 1965. Expanded human scientific knowledge of psychco-actives and their use more than anyone else. Detailed his experiences in the book 'Phikal' (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved) Sting Claims that sex and drugs get better after 40. A born-again guru, practicing extreme yoga, tantric sex and ecstasy.


Famous Heroin Users

River Phoenix Owned the Viper Room nightclub with Johnny Depp. Died of an overdose after taking a speedball (heroin and cocaine mix). William Burroughs William Burroughs' novel, Junkie, details his addiction to the drug and the lifestyle he led in pursuit of it. It is, he says, "the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy" King George V Not a user per se, but was euthanized with opiates. In fact, a mixture of opium and cocaine did it for the grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II.


Famous Ketamine Users

Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) This chart topping artist has played around with Ketamine. His advice: "'Get the quantity right and it's incredible. Get it wrong and you feel like you're dying.' John Lilley The maverick US scientist injected hourly doses of the drug every day for three weeks. Floating in isolation tanks while on Ketamine, he claimed he could communicate with alien and godlike entities, inspiring the 1980 Ken Russell movie Altered States. Timothy Leary The 1960's US academic who coined the LSD phrase 'Turn on, tune in, drop out' also dabbled with Ketamine. He described his experiences as "experiments in involuntary death".


Famous LSD Users

Jonathan Aitken The disgraced former Conservative MP experienced "visions of hell. Continents dripping with blood. Black men fighting brown men, fighting yellow men." Dr Kary Mullis Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry in 1993 and inventor of PCR, a method for detecting even the smallest amount of DNA in ancient materials. "Would I have invented PCR if I hadn't taken LSD? I seriously doubt it," he says. "I could sit on a DNA molecule and watch the polymers go by. I learnt that partly on psychedelic drugs."


Famous Mushroom Users

R Gordon Wasson Mycophile and vice-president of international bank JP Morgan journeyed all around Mexico and South America in a quest for magic mushrooms and spent a "wondrous" evening grinning ear to ear, pupils like plates, after ingesting them in an ancient shamanic ritual. He was later disgusted by the mushrooming of his discovery into a full-on 60's summer of love. Professor Albert Hoffman First Hoffman synthesized LSD-25. Then he extracted psilocybin from Mexican mushrooms. He still remained in awe of the fungi's power. "Essentially, when all is said and done, we can only say that the mystery of the wondrous effects of teonanactl was reduced to the mystery of the effects of two crystalline substances."


Prescription Drug Users

Rush Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh, famous for being an outspoken, conservative radio talk show host and a brash political commentator, has worked as a disc jockey since he was 16 years old and his The Rush Limbaugh Show which is the highest-rated talk-radio program in the United States. Although Limbaugh likes to throw around his “holier than thou” attitude he isn’t really that holy; he was found in 2003 to be under investigation for illegally obtaining the prescription drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone which are strong pain killers. Limbaugh claims that his addiction stems from severe back pain which was increased by a botched surgery which was supposed to correct these problems.


Marijuana Users

Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, is an American author and poet. She is especially known for her series of autobiographies, such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. What Angelou is not known for is her pot usage. However, in a few of her autobiographies, Angelou admits to indulging in marijuana from time to time. Lewis Armstrong


Methamphetamine Users

Jodie Sweetin Most popularly known as Stephanie Tanner from the sitcom Full House, Jodie Lee Ann Sweetin is a recovering drug addict who will still spend time in rehab as more of constant recovery program to keep her sober. In her memoir, unSweetined, she tells of her downfall into a life of alcohol and drug abuse. She claims that she began using methamphetamine after Full House ended, the main reason stemming from boredom. In 2004, the cast of Full House all came together and were able to convince Sweetin to get clean. Craig Robinson