The media has historically portrayed drug users as lowlifes and outcasts, derelicts and undesirables, associating experimentation with controlled substances to criminality. No mainstream media outlet talks about the intelligentsia’s romps with drugs, or the artist’s flirtations with hallucinogens, presumably out of fear, that the masses will find justification for their own indulgences and thus spark a mass onset of drug use. The truth is that drug use and addiction has been, and is, common and rampant in all strata of society, academia and the arts included. Make no mistake, the death toll by drugs and alcohol has been high, both physically and creatively. In case you didn't know, here are some famous addicts and users, from the world of the arts, from academia, from stardom.