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How do you get someone you love off drugs?

| 19:00 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2007

We're off air now, but you can listen again here.

Hi everyone, Anu here.

It's hump-day, hope your week has been as great as mine. Not one to set the bar too high, I've managed to get to the gym once and am still paying the price! But that was compensated yesterday by the first glimpse of my just-turned-orange pumpkins... Can't believe winter is nearly here...!

Are you as bewitched by Amy Winehouse's voice as I am? Why is it that such a talented young singer is spiralling into a heroin-induced breakdown? One British columnist called her drug problems and the awful self-harm 'the biggest waste of female musical talent...'

Amy's in-laws have appealed to fans via BBC radio to boycott her records. They fear both Amy and their son are headed for an early grave and want everyone to send the message that drug addiction can't be tolerated. It's the very public story of one celebrity, but we're interested in hearing if you've had experience with drug addiction and how you dealt with it.

Do you have a child, spouse, sibling or friend who got addicted to drugs? What made them stop - threats, unconditional love, re-hab?

Are you an Amy Winehouse fan? Or a fan of Pete Doherty or Lindsay Lohan, for that matter? Do you have a moral obligation to stop buying their records or watching their films? Should fans boycott the work of druggie artists? Or is their addiction none of your business?

Recent photos of Amy after a bad episode.
Here's what her in-laws told the BBC.

David in the UK has already responded:
"Any band we know to use drugs should not be allowed to perform in this country. Their music should not be allowed on the radio or TV and the sale of their albums should be banned."

Erin - editor of Black Poppy magazine which promotes drug user's health issues - was on the show. Black Poppy website is here (The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites).

Good news from Iraq?
This news is just flashing up on the wires:

Firebrand Shiite cleric freezes Mahdi militia activities
BAGHDAD (AP) - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a
six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army
militia in order to reorganize the force, an aide said

The aide also said they will suspend 'taking up arms against occupiers'.

So can Iraqis expect a period of respite from the sectarian violence? Does this mean killings of Sunnis and soldiers by Iraq's most-feared Shiite militia will stop?

Blown over?
We're also wondering what you make of President Bush's visit to New Orleans today on the second anniversary of the Katrina disaster. Do you agree with Newsweek: "Bush blew it." Or are you with Brent Baker at Newsbusters.org ("Exposing and Combatting Liberal Media Bias") who said two years ago that the media was misreporting the opinions of Katrina victims?

Newsweek's special: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9287434/
Brent's post: http://www.newsbusters.org/node/1201

We may not have time to do all three stories in tonight's show...where we go depends on you, so let me know what's on your mind. Speak to you in a few hours!

ciao, Anu



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