Cocaine is One Hell of a Drug
This takes place circa 1982. Two members of Kansas, one of my favorite bands, became born again Christians and were featured on The 700 Club. Bassist Dave Hope admitted he spent $40,000 on cocaine (I think) the year before he converted. That’s $40,000 in 1980 dollars.
There might be something to the idea that folks who can’t get their shit together need a kick in the pants. And in some cases religion provides that kick. Jail time or the potential threat thereof too. But I think the costs of the war on drugs WAY outweigh the benefits. Send someone, who is otherwise not a hardened criminal, to jail for doing coke. If they don’t get raped in prison, see how easy it will be for them to find a job when they get out.
Steve Walsh the singer of Kansas never converted. And he too, from what I understand, had a terrible coke problem that he ultimately kicked after being arrested and threatened with jail time.
I heard every night when he performed he was on it. This is certainly evident from the following video. Though, Walsh is outstanding. If that’s because of or in spite of the substance, who knows?