Teh Busted: Trey Anastasio

Trey Anastasio was arrested yesterday and charged with several offences including possession of a controlled substance. In actuality, he was found with at least three such substances: hydrocodone, Percocet (oxycodone) and Xanax (alprazolam)

Now, I am not a Phish fan, but my good friend Chris is. So permit me to explain why Mr. Anastasio might have been interested in taking the aforementioned drugs, even while operating a black 2004 Audi sedan at 3:30 in the morning in Whitehall, New York:

  • Firstly, they are all addictive. So if Trey had previously given them a go, he might have got himself hooked.
  • Secondly, they all make you feel pretty darn good. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are opioid analgesics derived from codeine (the good stuff in Tylenol 3s) and morphine, respectively, two drugs that are present in opium. Although codeine isn't nearly as potent a drug as morphine, hydrocodone was designed with increased potency in mind, so they'll both dope you out pretty darn well. Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine used primarily as an anxiolytic (treats the symptoms of anxiety), but in higher doses it can produce sedation (it calms you down and chills you out).
  • Thirdly, they are all available as pills, making them easier to administer than other addictive drugs such as heroin.

3 chemically inspired comments:

C.D. Clements said...

Hot Dog

Thanks for shedding some light into this troubling matter. While this is the first time a member of Phish has been arrested for illegal possession, it was noted on numerous other occasions that the drug use habits of band members was a leading cause of both the hiatus, and the final breakup of Phish.

The Lil'est Naturist said...

Not to be picky, but oxycodone is also a derivative of codeine. In fact, it's just hydrocodone with that 14-hydroxy group, which seems to have some key interaction to makes mu opioids uber awesome.

Psilocybeat said...

Than you for being so light. I don't mess with Mr. Anastasio's life (neither I mess with anybody's life). I just found this article by accident and it made me laugh (a lot). I love Mr. Anastasio's music and I don't care what he's swallowing or smoking or "inoculating" into HIS body (his body as PROPERTY of his own). Keep on truckin' Trey, your music will come out of you anyway, just as Hendrix or Stevie Ray did. Zappa (one I love the most) didn't take any substances, but his musicians did, and he knew.

Se que este comentario esté salido de tono, pero, como lo escibí, me hizo reir mucho. ¡¡¡Que gringos tan desocupados!!!