Zac Efron’s Uphill Battle Against Drug Addiction

Zac Efron's Uphill Battle Against Drug Addiction

“High School Musical” star spent time in rehab facility for alleged cocaine abuse.

Complete video of Russell Brand speaking to the Parliamentary Committee today. Video is from the Parliament Archive at

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39 Comments on "Zac Efron’s Uphill Battle Against Drug Addiction"

  1. Brandon Castillo
    18/03/2014 at 5:57 am Permalink

    Hopefully he’ll stay clean. Maybe stick with the pot. Weed is a great

  2. Josh Wins
    18/03/2014 at 6:18 am Permalink

    Cocaine is a white peoples drug. That’s why they are always on it.

  3. David Brunson
    18/03/2014 at 6:31 am Permalink

    yeah he’s so gorgeous. I hope he gets better

  4. Matt Allen
    18/03/2014 at 7:08 am Permalink

    nice try on implying that i was gay. try harder next time

  5. Kierra Barrett
    18/03/2014 at 7:59 am Permalink

    Who ever would of known Zac Effron was on drugs? Wow!

  6. Andrew tran
    18/03/2014 at 8:07 am Permalink

    Snoop dogg smoked weed never did something stupid like staying up 4 days

  7. IceLysis
    18/03/2014 at 8:28 am Permalink

    It’s really sad

  8. Josh Wins
    18/03/2014 at 8:40 am Permalink

    There are plenty of celebrities that smoke weed and haven’t ruined their

  9. JessySketch
    18/03/2014 at 9:00 am Permalink

    Its the parties people get invited to when they become celebrities and the
    people they hang with. Sometimes they turn to drugs because of to much
    going on in their life. It happens but up to them to choose either drugs or
    continue their career. He chosed his career thats why he seeked help.

  10. Josh Wins
    18/03/2014 at 9:53 am Permalink

    Weed is a little different than cocaine and adderall lol. Smoke some weed
    you won’t stay up for more than 4 hours hahahaha.

  11. David C
    18/03/2014 at 10:52 am Permalink

    The entertainment industry is a shaky place.

  12. mariposa capulet
    18/03/2014 at 11:08 am Permalink

    He didnt stick with the status quo

  13. Erique Gunter-Black
    18/03/2014 at 11:29 am Permalink

    all these Disney stars lol

  14. ann guiden
    18/03/2014 at 11:32 am Permalink


  15. p123
    18/03/2014 at 11:46 am Permalink

    Am I imagining it, or is Russell Brand losing his estuarial accent? He
    sounds different a year later from this.

  16. 4444jonn
    18/03/2014 at 12:09 pm Permalink

    I freaking love Russell but he really struggled to make his point and push
    forward the ideas he has been advocating for. All he really pushed for in
    this conference was the support for absence recovery and compassion for
    drug addicts, thats good and all but Russell should have spend more time in
    the decriminalization of drugs, like Portugal. I find it strange how he has
    been advocating heavily for this ideas but then didn’t really talked about
    it much when it actually matter…. Anyways keep up the good progressive
    work Russell.

  17. MelodicMellifluity
    18/03/2014 at 12:55 pm Permalink

    I thought the message in schools is too positive. I remember a bar chart
    showing the harm done by various drugs, and several were below alcohol.
    Supposed to show the harm of alcohol but implied those drugs were
    relatively safe

  18. DerrenBrown100
    18/03/2014 at 1:54 pm Permalink

    Sign Russell Brand’s petition to change the idiotic drug laws.

  19. Videoslot
    18/03/2014 at 2:11 pm Permalink

    Seems to me that Russel is attempting to talk to this committee whereas the
    committee is talking at him. There seems to be no give and take from the
    committee. The panel is attempting to thrust their opinion such as “do yo
    think if we focus on the origins of drugs”? then this is countered
    effectively by Russell but wholly ignored by the committee who had recently
    been on a wasteful trip to Columbia. Classic example of nonsense speak is
    at 14:23 where a so called “either or” option is employed, but each option
    is the same. Destigmatisation is the same as “acceptance of drug use”. It
    seems that no substantial benefit comes from this discussion that will
    change the policy of government 23:45 sums this up. Saying that, it is a
    great insight into the concerns of Focus12 who only run on an average of
    600,000 with staff costs of £250, 000. This can only scratch the surface
    when compared to their potential and the resources that government throw at
    their efforts to reduce drug dependency An ideal outcome would be for the
    government to take on board suggestions form focus12 but I can’t see that
    happening, yet! Don’t hold your breath.

  20. fabulousandhealthy
    18/03/2014 at 2:21 pm Permalink


  21. junkysligy
    18/03/2014 at 2:31 pm Permalink

    Am I the only one that thinks russel brand just says the same thing all the
    time with the occasional quote thrown in.

  22. sparkyinbath
    18/03/2014 at 2:57 pm Permalink

    Can’t he just put a suit on. Why has he gotta make ‘a statement’. It’s not
    the Russell Brand show. It’s a committee on drug addiction.

  23. lind rondel
    18/03/2014 at 3:43 pm Permalink

    Wow, he really had something to say and I must say it makes it so
    believable. He’s sober for more than 8 years I read it somewhere. Good for
    him. Keep it that way Russell. He’s smart and great speaker. Too bad his
    marriage to Katy did not last long. That’s sad.

  24. SuperBerserka
    18/03/2014 at 4:31 pm Permalink

    Listening to Russel increases one’s IQ a lot of times. I’m learning loads
    of words from him. I keep looking them up and writing them down. :D

  25. Enjoy!
    18/03/2014 at 5:17 pm Permalink

    Why do people always come off with these bullshit reasons for
    trying/started (whatever) doing DRUGS….!

    I smoke pot and have tried a lot of DRUGS. I started TRYING DRUGS,

    I stopped doing drugs because I wanted too.
    I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.


  26. Travis Blackney
    18/03/2014 at 6:11 pm Permalink

    As Russell points out, people can live a perfectly healthy life with taking
    drugs. However, some of us struggle with addiction- most likely due to
    biopsychosocial influences on development- and this needs to be recognised
    and treated for as an illness, not a crime. We don’t see scientists saying
    ‘cancer causes cancer’ because it’s simply unscientific, there are many,
    many environmental factors that contribute to the development of cancer;
    much like there are many forms of social, emotional and psychological
    incongruences in an environment that creates an addict. Looking at, and
    blaming the drugs themselves, is simply a correlation-causal fallacy. 

  27. dethkid7
    18/03/2014 at 6:15 pm Permalink

    Brand: as the great Tupac Shakur said
    “role is something people play, models are something people make. Both of
    those things are fake.” What I want to offer is truth and authenticity.

    I don’t know what to say after that perfect quotation.

  28. Artjoms Pugacovs
    18/03/2014 at 7:03 pm Permalink

    I have seen this guy on comedy movies.
    But is this for real?

  29. Bass Cannon
    18/03/2014 at 7:58 pm Permalink

    I think all of America is on a drug and has been for nearly a decade now.
    its called Fuckitall.

  30. Alan Defoe
    18/03/2014 at 8:17 pm Permalink

    Allow cocaine to come under the same umbrella as alcohol.Have it produced
    legally and cheaply where it is not washed down with toxic
    alternatives…There would be less pollution from illegal factories in
    South America…..90% of drug related crime would be eliminated over
    night…. Legal highs and other alternatives do far more harm to the body
    than the real thing.The cocaine business is worth 100’s of billions of £’s
    world wide with the vast majority not suffering from addiction…….If
    this was the case all the hospitals and police cells would be filled to the
    brim world wide…..If you have an addictive nature do not indulge in any
    activity that has some form of stimulant..which includes smoking cigarets;
    drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs….if you find that you
    unfortunately have an addictive illness join an abstinence program and
    learn that you are unable to partake in this type of activity……..If you
    you have melanoma cancer in your family you would avoid package holidays
    to the seaside in Spain and Portugal.

  31. 27G27G27
    18/03/2014 at 9:09 pm Permalink

    If only his ideas were as good as his vocabulary.

  32. Gary Steven
    18/03/2014 at 9:12 pm Permalink

    He does have some valid points, BUT uses words that are unnecessary 

  33. WildlilyProductions
    18/03/2014 at 9:34 pm Permalink

    I love this video. All too often, the only side of Russell Brand that you
    see is the loud, raucous, harsh, brash version of him. It’s nice to see
    that he can be serious about something. Who cares what he wears. My shock
    was that he could actually be serious and thoughtful about something! Go

  34. mel lee
    18/03/2014 at 9:42 pm Permalink

    abstinence therapy is the ONLY way to treat heroin addiction – methadone
    ‘therapy’ is archaic primitive and criminal GO RUSSELL BRAND

  35. Christopher Helwig
    18/03/2014 at 10:04 pm Permalink

    @25:05 I have not processed anything we have talked about over the last 25
    minutes, now here is some recycled jargon to tell you that your opinion
    doesn’t matter.

    What a pompous dick I’m glad Russ chimed in there. … The problem is this
    guy has a military take on humanity. If we do not kill a few as an example
    we will loose control within the ranks tallyho!

  36. gotama420
    18/03/2014 at 10:52 pm Permalink

    VERY COOL ,russell is a great guy

  37. Hatchit Rizing
    18/03/2014 at 11:35 pm Permalink

    Committee on Addiction (complete)

  38. Paul Felice
    19/03/2014 at 12:09 am Permalink

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

  39. ShianMun Skye
    19/03/2014 at 12:31 am Permalink

    I agree! He not only has an excellent vocabulary(nice! He inspired you!),
    He has an amazing intelligence and his delivery in communication is very
    clear…I learn from listening to him too!

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