The Message Behind Cory Monteith’s Death
Gabby Villadolid ‘17
Ever since his first appearance on the hit FOX show, Glee, Cory Monteith had been stealing the hearts of millions as the kindhearted quarterback, Finn Hudson. Ryan Lau ’17 said, “He had relationships with all the actors off-set and they say he was a great guy. I think he really connected with the people near to him and his fans.” So when the news of his death was delivered this July, it came as a saddening blow for everyone. However, what was even more shocking was not his passing, but the cause of it—a heroin and alcohol overdose. Monteith, who had shared his reckless, drug-filled past with the world and checked himself into rehab months before, was believed to be in recovery. Therefore, when the headlines flashed, it sparked an outcry.
While many are quick to point fingers at rehab failure, I believe the true problem lies in drug education and society’s portrayal of drugs. “I think that people should be more aware of the effects of drugs and that overdosing can lead to bad consequences,” agreed Francesca Eccles ’17. Thousands worldwide are oblivious to the dangers of drugs, simply because they were never informed. This rings true for Monteith himself, who was introduced to marijuana at thirteen and was addicted from then. Also, society seems to send out the wrong message about drugs. If anything, songs, movies, and the media seem to glorify them. Instead of discouraging its usage, these outlets are influencing teens more and more to “get high”, only increasing the chance of abusing and overdosing.
As far as I’m concerned, drugs seem like they’re here to stay. Such a task of exterminating drugs would require an extensive amount of time, money, and effort that we simply do not have. So, for now, I believe that it would be better if we focused on providing the best health information we can. Since there has been a recent spike in usage, it is crucial that we educate the public in order to prevent a further uptrend and more untimely deaths such as Monteith’s. Kyra Wong ’17, commenting on Monteith’s death, said, “It’s a good example of the effects of drugs, and what it can do to a person and the people around them. Hopefully it will scare people into avoiding drugs, affecting their lives in a positive way.” By educating the public, we would not only be improving our society but also honoring Cory and the strong message he gave us.
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