Monday, July 16, 2012


MONIED CLASSES AS ON SINK ESTATES - Far from being the preserve of inhabitants of sink estates, the drug used by Eva Rausing has followers among monied classes. Asked to describe a typical crack user, what would you say? Most likely the words “billionaire”, “philanthropist” and “Belgravia resident” would not be part of the picture. But here is the problem. The “typical” crack user, it turns out, is a mythical creature. She does not exist. 
“There’s a stereotype of people who use drugs but people come from all walks of life. Where you come from or how well off you are doesn’t protect you,” says Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, a consultant addiction psychiatrist. 
Is there a better illustration of this than Eva Rausing? Wife of the billionaire Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing, daughter of a wealthy Pepsi executive - and after a suspected overdose her body was discovered at her £70 million Cadogan Place home, 4 days after she died, when her husband was arrested for drug possession in south London. He has subsequently been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

With a crack cocaine habit that first came to light in 2008 when she was arrested for carrying 10g of the drug into the US Embassy for a party, and after 50g of cocaine was found by police, along with Eva’s body, at the Rausings’ home - which she could have been snorting, injecting or cooking into crack herself - it’s no leap to conclude that Eva Rausing was still addicted. So where was she getting it from? “Every dealer who makes good money out of selling drugs has got a link to a really good user - meaning the rich. Any dealer can get them, it’s just where you go to find them,” explains Isha Nembhard, a reformed drug dealer who now works to help young people leave gangs. 
At the moment there are 42,422 such crack users in London, according to statistics from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. 
Since cocaine usage in the UK has risen over the past decade, so too has the availability of the cocaine from which to produce crack. But crack is twice as addictive as cocaine, crack requires just 10 seconds to start working in the brain.

Eva Rausing, one of Britain's richest women, was found dead in her west London home: Drugs. A scourge for the poor, for the middle class and even for the super-rich, those who, like the Rausings, measure their net worth in the billions. “Addiction doesn’t know any class boundaries,” said Amanda Thomson, spokeswoman for Action on Addiction, one of many charities the Rausings supported even as they swooned toward drugged-out oblivion. An intense desire for drugs or intoxication at the time of death is very sad and brings bad consequences.

A person who had been strongly addicted to liquor and drugs will leave the body with thoughts of liquor and drugs, or the desire for more intoxication. Sometimes they leave the body while under the influence of intoxicants, which has a most regressive affect on entering the next realm. On the other hand, a person who had lead a pious and virtuous life, with thoughts of God, will depart from the body with thoughts of God. The last thoughts determine the conditions and nature of the next birth. This is what the sages have said about the phenomenon of death. This argument seems reasonable because the last dominant thought in our mind at the time when we just drop off to sleep can often be the thought that dominates our mind the next morning. It is for this reason that we are advised to sing the Divine Names of God or hymns at the time of death in order to focus the attention of the dying person on holy and noble thoughts.

Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
"Curing Depression with Spirituality"
"Suicide and the Reactions that Follow"  -

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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