With all due respect to Karl Marx, religion will never be the opiate of the masses. Opiates themselves have it covered—as do stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. Drugs will always play a key role in human existence because human existence will always be hard.
People use substances to escape reality. Unfortunately, they can also lead to addiction and come with side effects that are worse than whatever you were dealing with in the first place. The seduction and consequences are captured in what follows: the 15 best songs about drugs, from Bob Dylan, The Weeknd, The Beatles and more iconic artists.
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