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Dan Aykroyd

Recently, Dan Aykroyd has been going around saying that he never did heroin. Which Dan Aykroyd is this? This is strange, because back in 1989, he told Bob Woodword in his book about John Belushi that he had. In fact, this is what he said:

Heroin is such an enjoyable stone... It was the romantic image of it. I can tell you firsthand, right now, from my three or four experiences with it, that's the best stone on earth. Oh, absolutely. It's the warmest... the poppy opiates are really warm, very soothing, very comfortable drugs to get accustomed to... It's a real warm, nice placid feeling... Here I am relatively straight and industrious, and I will admit to you and to anyone else that's interested that sure I tried it. And that it's, it's good, it's good stuff. In terms of the high, it's the best there is..." (Wired, page 477)

There are things in this quotation that bother me. The repeated statements of the warmth of the heroin high is particularly telling. I get the idea that Aykroyd is telling the truth now and at that time, he just wanted people to think he was a bad ass. On the other hand, the heroin high is a nice placid feeling. But he could have gotten that from taking a Tylenol 3.

In the end, I think that Aykroyd never did do heroin and that he was just puffing himself up. Of course, I'm sure he did cocaine, and given that it was the cocaine that killed Belushi and not the heroin, he should have been talking about cocaine. Unfortunately, Bob Woodword knows about as much about drugs as I do skyscraper design, and in his whole 500 page book on Belushi's downfall, he never seems to find it necessary to understand anything about the drugs Belushi was doing. Regardless of the drugs, if Belushi hadn't be morbidly obese, he probably wouldn't have died.

At least Belushi was the real deal. Aykroyd, as far as I can tell, was just a poser.

by Dr. H © 2011
Last Modified: 19 June 2011


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