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[VIDEO] Johnny Crowder: Prescription Medication and Straight Edge


Published by Dan SW
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We can’t pretend that prescription drug abuse is uncommon among teenagers; it’s actually one of the easiest ways for young people to get their hands on potent narcotics. As members of the straight edge community, it’s easy to draw a strong line against prescription drug abuse; Drug Free means no prescription drug abuse. But what happens when your doctor diagnoses you with ADD? Or ADHD? Or anxiety, depression, even schizophrenia? Then suddenly the same drugs that your friends might be using to get high, well now you have more pills than your local dealer.

But you’re drug free, right? I mean you’re straight edge, and straight edge means no drugs. Especially not the same Ritalin, Xanax, or Oxycodone pills your friends might be dosing on the weekends. What do you do? Who do you talk to? What if it’s medical marijuana?

You may know Johnny Crowder as the vocalist and front man of Florida metal band Dark Sermon. What you may not know is surprising, he’s also an accomplished stand up comedian, and he was diagnosed at a young age with a host of disorders.

We were very fortunate to catch up with Johnny on his last tour through Toronto to sit down, eat some Korean food, and talk about what it’s like to be straight edge and deal with mental illness.


1 comment


  • Marcel

    I’m suffering from ADHD for my entire life and nearly 3 years ago, my psychiatrist diagnosed a heavy depressive phase and social anxiety on me. I’m taking Ritalin and an antidepressant to decrease the intesity of the symptoms and to help me to fight my panic-attacks and the depressive mood. And it worked.
    In my opinion it’s totally ok to use prescripted medicine for you, if you are otherwise not able to live a life you can control and to make clear decisions, which is in my view one of the most important parts of Straight Edge. I’m not abusing it. I’m using it for it’s meant purpose and it’s purpose is to get your life under your control. Mental Illnesses are trying to get you rid of control and take over your life. Before I started to be Edge, I’ve taken medicine, but stopped, when I’ve begun to be Straight Edge nearly a year ago. I felt down into a hole, was just in my bed the whole day and was an Asshole to my girlfriend and my friends. But than I said to myself: “Fuck it, I’m not abusing this medicine, I need to get back control over my life, the illnesses have stolen from me.” And since may of this year, I am taking the medicine again.

    Wherever you are and whatever you are ill with: If you and your doc think, that you need it to remain the control over yourself, than it’s ok to take it.

    And this is, why I’m Straight Edge and take prescripted medicine.

    Your Edge is not less valid than other ones because of it.
    Stay strong. I know it’s hard and especially life is, but you’re so valuable.


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