Glazer: Cocaine, Making Me Crazy

Alright, hold the jokes…

Kansas City Star columnist Jenee Osterheldt wrote a column this week about cocaine. And while much of what she wrote was true, from appearances she has very little firsthand knowledge and many of her comments were lame.
Example: “While marijuana spans generations and remains constant in pop culture, coke became a cult drug. Largely associated with Hollywood and a flashier lifestyle, its a status high,” Osterheldt wrote in the Star.

A status high?

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52 Responses to Glazer: Cocaine, Making Me Crazy

  1. Anonymous says:

    smartman
    Greg Giraldo died today and you’re writing about this useless hack Merry Maid to be?

  2. Anonymous says:

    incognito
    I’m 24.

    I agree completely. Except that LSD is much more common than Glazer perceives. At least in KC.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Duke
    That was a great read. I feel “up to date” now.
    The STAR sucks. I dropped my subscription this Summer after many, many years. Don’t miss it at all.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anon
    I’ve been in the service industry for about 15 years. I see people of all ages and from pretty much all backgrounds. I think this means I have a strong finger on the pulse of the recreational drug scene. Here are some of my observations.

    LSD is one of those drugs that kids today ask you about in a “back in the day” sort of way. Much like I would ask the generation prior to me about Thai Sticks or Quaaludes.

    I don’t know who you are talking to, but weed has gotten much cheaper for higher quality than it was in the mid to late 90s.

    Coke is definitely spiking again. It never went away, but it has become more widely socially acceptable. This generation doesn’t know who Lynn Bias is. It will take another Bias to turn it around.

    The reason for the rise in cocaine is the new gateway drug: adderall. Half the teenagers in America seem to be prescribed this and most of those are selling pills to their friends. It is a stimulant that is usually chopped up and snorted which makes for a logical progression to coke. More importantly it is a drug that mommy and daddy’s insurance pays for. This is a huge source of income for kids that would never consider themselves dealers.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ptolemy
    Such heart-warming stories on here! Who needs Hallmark anymore?

    I can’t wait to hear about Craig’s forced anal sex stories tomorrow!
    ___________________
    HC: Ptolemy, please. Don’t egg him on.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hearnebot
    After reading this, one might come to the conclusion the Feds should have left you in prison.

  7. Anonymous says:

    hearne
    Nice monicker Heanebot. Mind if I ask what your inspiration was?

  8. Anonymous says:

    chuck
    Another good read.

  9. Anonymous says:

    MrOlathe
    Anon..do you know who Len Bias was?

  10. Anonymous says:

    The KC Eye
    How many lines did Glazer do before writing this?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Dexter Morgan
    Giraldo died as a punch line. A f’n accidental overdose? What a joke. Dude didn’t have the skills to take da pills.

    How will the comedy world recover from such a monumental loss?

    /it already has

  12. Anonymous says:

    hearne
    I probably shouldn’t tell you guys this, but Craig has some skinny on Giraldo if you can pry it out of him tomo

  13. Anonymous says:

    Samwise
    Fun shit. I enjoy this straight talk about dope. We are so dishonest about drugs in our culture, with our own families and loved ones even. I’m under 30 and have run into acid in my early twenties but I felt like it was the end of an era, what with the giant wamego bust of 2000. Before that, it was all over.

    Looking forward to some more on this topic, especially the stuff at the end about the feds doing whatever they want. That was a bit part or perhaps the underlying message of the star’s coverage of that DEA agent gone beserk in a road rage incident.

    cheers.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Recovering Journalist
    Not a bad piece. Should’ve submitted this one to “High Times.”

  15. Anonymous says:

    chuck
    Craig, when you re visit this, how many non-violent drug offenders (Users) are in prison, and how many are there for a long time (3 Strikes)?

    The US Dept of Justice stats mystify me. Too nebulous.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Eric
    Mr. Glazer…you left out smack. In your opinion, how prevalent is heroin use today? That might be the worst drug ever created. Need a glaring example? Read Nikki Sixx’s “The Heroin Diaries”. If that’s not enough to make you never touch heroin or coke, nothing will.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Steve
    Hey Babe, take a walk on the wild side.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Poolsidepal
    Glazer you miss the pool? I do. You never fail to impress me. Smart guy. Lots of people don’t like you. Know why? You are righ too often and fearless. Most of us are not. Great read, look forward to second part. By the way I only knew this was online cause I was at a pub on the Plaza last night and this was being talked about,you and this blog. You’ll like this, the lady, very nice looking said, “Glazer may be an egomaniac, but I find him interesing and at times brilliant. I’d go out with him, he’s handsome for an older man.” Thought that might make your day. Have fun.

  19. Anonymous says:

    MGarr
    Interesting article Glazer. One thing that stands out is the prison numbers. I couldn’t agree more. So many of the inmates are there on drug related crimes, but posted as other things, as you mentioned. It seems its a total drug prison system. It’s time to rething the drug sentences, they are way too high, and that has created prison overcrowding and made it a major business in this country. What you know Craig and most don’t, these JOINTS are privately owned for the most part.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Kia Zi
    It sounds like Jenee has never partied in K.C. or any where else for that matter. This is just another example of what’s wrong with the KC Star, the uninformed writing about things they no nothing about. A person can score any kind of drug they need or want, any where, any time. If you do drugs, did drugs or know someone who did or does, you know that it’s easy to get them. Cocaine has always been a fun little drug. The popular drug is the one every body in your crowd is doing.

  21. Anonymous says:

    SimonSays
    Drugs will always be popular in this country. The economy has everyone crazy, ane when its better we reward our hard work with dope.

  22. Anonymous says:

    KCMO staffer
    Its a problem we will neve solve. Like war.

  23. Anonymous says:

    KellysGuy
    Bet you and Nigro had some nice HIGH times in Westport back in the day Glazer. Write about that.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Susan Dunlap
    Craig I don’t know you really, have seen you, met you and heard all the wild stories. This is so interesting to me, I only smoked the bud, tried blow once, didn’t like it, couldn’t sleep, don’t see the big wow in all this daily drug use. In your next article can you explain the ‘why’ to us.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Black Barbie
    You know we like our herb Craig. Black people use any type drug white people use. What is this crap about whites did it after us and that shit. Black people are always first on the scene man.
    Still have not seen you at the club, are you scared of me Craig?

  26. Anonymous says:

    jweinberg
    So is there a solution my friend? Do you have one?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Dino
    Craig you are a well rounded mofo. I mean it my friend. Didn’t catch your mayor run or Stan’s much, moved here in the mid 2000’s, like 04. Love your work. I get a kick out of how much some people dislike you. Ive said it before, my bet is they never met you and don’t have any real reason to hate you, except some of those dudes you burned back in the day. Did any of them live here?

    Like many fast land boys, I had a coke problem in the late 90’s. You are righ on with your thoughts here,by the way. I quit the nose candy about 03/04, but before I did, it kinda cost me my wife,son and job at that time. I am sober, drink a bit, but have a great job. My wife and I are friends but still divorced, she lets me see my son now. I really want your input on how to stop using when it gets to you. Have you some words of wisdom on that area?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Maureen
    Whats a girl have to do to get you to CALL HER? I’ve even praised you on this damn website. Look at the brain on Craig. What more can I do? You have not seen me in more then one year. You had the black girl, the chink, come on now. I’m ten pounds lighter and my boobs are still large. Last chance, call me this week or I give up. Try me you’ll be glad you did. Oh yeah, good story. Maybe you were nicer on blow.

  29. Anonymous says:

    kitty krash
    Dino – More people need to understand the downside of drugs and the destruction it can cause if gone awry. Most, if not all of us, have either gone through addiction or know someone who has.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Rob Lane
    Hearne give Glazer a raise.

  31. Anonymous says:

    hearne
    Let me get this straight; you want me to do something that will make his head even bigger?

  32. Anonymous says:

    KellysGuy
    His head get bigger? Why? I don’t why this punk is such a big deal, his damn movie stuff, a book, who cares. I don’t. He’s like all these spoiled jocks and media stars, its never enough is it Glazer. I’ll bet you and Hearne and Nigro were born into money. People like me had to have real jobs. 50 and 60 hour work weeks. Bet you jerks don’t know what that is like. Nigro running around westport like he owns the joint. I see him out there on weekends. Hey Maureen, I am younger and cooler than Glazer. Come by Kellys on Friday night I will be on the deck. We’ll have a real good time. Screw him.

  33. Anonymous says:

    MGarr
    I am under the impression Kellys person that you are an uneducated moron. I don’t personally know these gentlemen, but I have a feeling they are much more interesting then you.

  34. Anonymous says:

    DowntownDavy
    My younger brother OD’d on heroin. Died. Good article. Stay the course.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Johnny Utah
    this is one of the best posts on hearne’s site unrelated to sports:

    -exposes the Star’s lame liberal columnist who has tons of advice but no experience
    -has the voice of experience
    -sensational
    -spot on when it comes to government authority
    -not bothered with being politically correct
    -leads to wide range of comments from snark to praise to idiocy to online therapy

    I can’t wait for part 2.

  36. Anonymous says:

    TJ
    I’m surprised about Craig leaving out Heroin especially when he has witnessed the addiction to it through someone very close to him.

    Decent read Craig, looking forward to part II.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Zack
    Before we lament how horrible it is to have non-violent drug offenders taking up space in prisons, I would ask people to consider how kids have been victimized by their parent’s drug abuse.

    My brother-in-law and his wife were both cocaine users. They had three kids that were neglected, rarely attended school, and largely took care of themselves. Eventually the authorities were alerted by a neighbor and the kids were put in foster care, with the two younger ones going to one family, and the third child to a second family. My wife was in no position to help as she was a single mother with two toddlers at the time.

    Since the oldest was already 12 years old, she spent the rest of her childhood going from one foster family to another. The younger two were eventually adopted, but all 3 children suffered from behavioral problems throughout their teenage years. The youngest is now in prison for sexual assault on a minor.

    Anytime I hear that drug abuse is a victimless crime, I want to puke.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Bill Nigro
    Hey Kellysguy, still no backbone and you’re a sissy. You see me alot in westport because I am working. You don’t know me at all and you’re an embarrasment to Kellys. I can’t believe they let you on the deck there. You must have a miserable life to be so negative and bag on someone you don’t know. Why don’t you spend more energy on making westport better. You’re obviously afraid to say who you are. You’ll keep seeing me in westport because I’m going to keep working on a neighborhood I love. Get a life. Bill Nigro

  39. Anonymous says:

    KellysprobablyhatesKellysguy
    Kellysguy – Nigro is right, you are an embarrassment to those of us who used to work at and still love Kelly’s and Westport. Obviously, some of what people post on blogs is sensationalized and the past is ‘remembered’ a little different than it happened. Read it tongue-in-cheek and for the entertainment value and get that corn-cob out of your ass. Most of us that were in Westport in the 80’s and early 90’s have Glazer-ish stories of girls, binge drinking, coke, fights, pro-athlete rampages and a helluva-lot of fun. Moved on now, but like to reminisce and laugh at the close calls and great times. Quit bringing us down. Also, you are not a true Kelly

  40. Anonymous says:

    DowntownDavy
    Ah men my friend, well put.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Rockyroad
    Nigro, you are a good man. I think you are the reason Westport is still standing. I know you were not born with gold in your mouth, so to speak. Thank you for all your hard work.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Kyfan
    I agree we like to look back at what was to understand what is. I’ve said many times on this blog, Glazer is one of if not the most interesting guy around. He is. You can like him or hate him, but I think his stories are for the most part true, better yet how he sees or remembers things. There is a little bit of Craig G in all of us KC Men don’t you think?

  43. Anonymous says:

    Rob Lane
    And thats what I most admire in Glazer. “He tells it like it is!” The Howard Cosell of KC.

  44. Anonymous says:

    KellysGuy
    So Nigro thats the way you come after me, sick your pals on me on this blog. I know you called your pals to write all that crap on me. Kellys loves me. Know what if those are real, I will never write about you again. Prove it.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Bill Nigro
    Kellysguy, like I said, you don’t know anything about me or you wouldn’t be making up stupid things about me. YOU ARE AN EMBARRESSMENT TO KELLYS! Get a life. Bill Nigro

  46. Anonymous says:

    SimonSays
    Glazer looks like you got a hit on this subject amongst others you have written. I like your stuff, but this one hit a nerve. As for me, I enjoy your thougts very much.

  47. Anonymous says:

    KellysGuy
    Oh Glaze tell us what to do man. You are the pied piper of these foolish flock followers. Like you have some answers. Do want to hear about you in prison, when you got your ass handed to you.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Steve Kramer
    Kellys person, do you even know Craig? Have you ever met him? Somehow I doubt it. Put this effort into your own life.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Maureen
    We’ll hook up sometime soon. Want to read the next part of this, hope its as interesting.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Rockyroad
    Was your prison sentence due to drugs?

  51. Anonymous says:

    KCMO staffer
    I think this subject needs more attention as well. Maybe on KMBZ or KCMO?

  52. Anonymous says:

    Stu
    Craig has always been a class act to me FTR, Bill(get ehis) has even bought me a piece of pizza, you heard it here! I miss the old days, I want my money back, now I’m going to curl up in a little ball and cry.

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