Heroin was the best medicine I ever had. It calmed me down, made me able to function without the constant "white noise" that makes me so anxious around people. The biggest problem with heroin was its illegality.
How much music has been produced on heroin? Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, etc.
Charlie Parker had cirrhosis and died at 34, "The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker's 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age."
John Coltrane died at 40
Miles Davis lived to be 65, so it doesn't seem like any drugs destroyed his life
Keith Richards is a skin-suit on a robotic exoskeleton
Kurt Cobain died at 27
Chet Baker died of accidental causes while high on cocaine and heroin at 58
Art Pepper died of a stroke...no idea if drugs contributed at all, but he was also only 56