SO DRUGS ARE COOL, LILY?

Singer jokes about pass­ing out at party af­ter snort­ing horse tran­quil­liser – that she ‘as­sumed was co­caine’

Daily Mail - - News - By Faye White Show­busi­ness Re­porter

LILY Allen has been ac­cused of glam­or­is­ing drug use af­ter jok­ing on so­cial me­dia about pass­ing out at a party af­ter tak­ing ke­tamine.

The singer, 33, told her 5.9mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers how she was thrown out of the Glamour Awards ten years ago af­ter snort­ing a line of what she ‘as­sumed was co­caine’.

The mother of two had in fact taken ke­tamine, a pow­er­ful anaes­thetic of­ten given to horses that is widely abused by club­bers and cat­e­gorised as a Class B drug.

Co­caine, which Miss Allen freely ad­mit­ted she was try­ing to take, is Class A il­le­gal sub­stance that car­ries a seven-year prison sen­tence for pos­ses­sion.

Re­spond­ing to a Twit­ter dis­cus­sion about ‘the best rea­son you’ve been kicked out of an event’, the pop star tweeted: ‘Some­one gave me a line of what I as­sumed to be co­caine at the Glamour Awards once. But it turned out to be Ke­tamine. I was thrown out (passed out over some rail­ings) of the Glamour Awards in a k hole.’ The phrase ‘k hole’ is a ref­er­ence to the ef­fects of ke­tamine, which can leave users un­able to move, suf­fer­ing hal­lu­ci­na­tions, and feel­ing dis­con­nected from phys­i­cal sen­sa­tions.

Miss Allen fol­lowed her tweet with a photo of her­self be­ing car­ried out of the event by two men, and a sec­ond pic­ture where she is be­ing passed over some rail­ings to an­other two men. The Smile singer said she was be­ing handed over to her as­sis­tant, who then put her in a car to be driven away when the pa­parazzi ‘got wind’ and fol­lowed be­hind in a cab with co­me­dian Alan Carr.

Miss Allen, who rose to star­dom in 2006, was slammed by fol­low­ers and ex­perts for shar­ing the tale with im­pres­sion­able fans.

There have been 117 deaths in Eng­land and Wales in­volv­ing ke­tamine since 1993, Pub­lic Health Eng­land said yes­ter­day. In 2016, co­caine was in­volved in the deaths of 371 peo­ple – a rise of 16 per cent on 2015 – Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics fig­ures show.

One Twit­ter user asked Miss Allen: ‘Is this re­ally some­thing to glam­or­ise / be proud of?’ Miss Allen replied: ‘ Prob­a­bly not, do you have a point?’

The critic re­torted: ‘ There are peo­ple re­spond­ing to this with phrases like “goals” and “hi­lar­i­ous”... my point is that could have a dam­ag­ing ef­fect and glam­or­is­ing drug tak­ing could be dan­ger­ous.’

Ad­dic­tion coun­sel­lor Mark Demp­ster said by tweet­ing about drugs, celebri­ties such as Miss Allen can make young peo­ple ‘ex­cited’ about tak­ing il­le­gal sub­stances.

Stars with a ‘wide­spread reach on so­cial net­works’, as Miss Allen does, ‘ have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be pro­mot­ing pub­lic health­i­ness’, he added.

Mr Demp­ster said: ‘What I think hap­pens here is they can of­ten use the glam­or­i­sa­tion of drugs to cre­ate this in­ter­est and ex­cite­ment for the younger gen­er­a­tion as they’re more sus­cep­ti­ble and eas­ily in­flu­enced.

‘They look at role mod­els like Lily Allen as if they’re re­ally cool.’

Mr Demp­ster, a re­cov­er­ing drug ad­dict, said he was in­flu­enced by stars such as Jimi Hen­drix, who died of an over­dose in 1970, when he was grow­ing up.

The singer replied to sev­eral com­ments crit­i­cis­ing her be­hav­iour with ‘#NoShame June 8’. No Shame is the name of Miss Allen’s fourth al­bum, which is due for re­lease next month. One song, named Trig­ger Bang, con­tains lyrics re­veal­ing de­tails of the singer’s drug use.

Ther­a­pist Sally Baker said Miss Allen’s ‘con­fronta­tional’ re­sponse to her so­cial me­dia crit­ics was ‘naive’ and ‘not go­ing to make her any friends’.

Last year, in the af­ter­math of the Gren­fell Tower fire, Miss Allen courted con­tro­versy by ac­cus­ing the me­dia of ‘down­play­ing’ the true death toll, which po­lice put at 71.

‘Is this some­thing to be proud of?’

Shame­less: Lily Allen is car­ried out of Glamour Awards in 2008

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