Will Zac Efron become the next Cory Monteith? The similarities between the two men are striking: Efron is also young, handsome, clean-cut, professional, successful… and hiding a major drug habit. It was recently revealed that former teen sensation Efron has been battling a drug problem and that he just completed an intensive rehab stay. This revelation has left fans and even some of Efron’s friends shocked, because the actor shows no outward signs of drug abuse. He has always had a reputation on set as being a complete professional and his sparkling clean appearance belies his private demons.
Like the late Monteith had been, Efron is noted to be an extremely private person and has managed to conceal his addiction for years; and like Monteith, his handlers point to “the wrong crowd” as culprits in tempting him to use drugs and alcohol. Efron, unbeknownst to many, is a partier, and he surrounds himself with like-minded people. People Magazine reports that an Efron friend has revealed how much Efron enjoys the party lifestyle. “He surrounds himself with a group that enjoys partying. He got caught up in the partying lifestyle the past few years,” said the friend. Another friend pointed out that Efron is very fond of drinking to excess.
Like Cory Monteith did, Zac Efron holds the public persona of an actor who has managed to steer clear of drug and alcohol abuse, even giving interviews in which he stated he would not get involved in drugs because he had “too much at stake.” This eerily echoes some of Monteith’s interviews in which he claimed he had overcome his previous addiction, saying that he had so much going for him that it would not be worth risking everything for a few hours of fun.
While the friends who have been speaking to the press have been focusing on Efron’s drinking habit, according to the LA Times, his drug of choice is cocaine. This differs from Monteith’s favorite drug, which happened to be heroine. However, cocaine is twice as dangerous as heroine and can cause sudden cardiac arrest. The late Whitney Houston died from a cardiac event caused in part by cocaine. To get an idea of the average death rate from cocaine compared to heroine, the CDC reports that cocaine killed about 4,000 people in 2007 while heroine killed 2,000 people that same year. The list of celebrities who have died from cocaine, heroin or a combination of the two drugs is quite long indeed.
Efron originally got hooked on cocaine because of disappointment over his waning movie career. This echoes the concerns of many actors who were once juggling projects and had red-hot careers but eventually found themselves struggling to win film roles. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to help ease the pain.
Given that cocaine is doubly as deadly as heroine, it leaves fans wondering if Zac Efron will become the next Cory Monteith. Will Efron make the morning headlines one day; not for his next movie role but because he has passed away? It’s been reported that Efron has been in rehab not once, but twice, just like Monteith. Indeed, the similarities are disturbing, and fans undoubtedly hope for a speedy and complete recovery for Efron.
By: Rebecca Savastio