Long before it became famous drug abuse was going on big time. below are just a few user that may shock you.
Lets take Horatio Nelson who was high on Opium

A guy who is in forever on sight in  centre of London UK and is Immortalised forever in paint and  stone.

Let’s face the facts, a man who lost an eye and an arm in the line of duty must have have been in amazing pain so it’s not surprising that the UKs greatest naval hero became dependent totally on opiates.

Nelson was a complete mess health-wise. He was always seasick at the beginning of every sea trip, and suffered from as scurvy, yellow fever, malaria, suffered from heatstroke and deep depression during his carrier. No wonder he needed a good laugh now and then.

Nelson gave us the weellknwen saying “turn a blind eye” after completely ignoring the signal not to attack at the Battle of Copenhagen. by putting his telescope to his damaged (though not fully blind) eye and claiming he could not see it. He lost much of the sight in his right eye due to a explosion from a shell, though he never wore an eye-patch. This is despite the well known image of wearing one.

in TenerifeIn 1797 battle, he was hit by a musket ball which shattered totally his right arm. Amputation was far a clean painless operation all those years ago and Nelson was left to recover with a concoction of brandy and an opium pills, I has been said he was back on duty and giving orders half an hour later, but with the beginning of a new habit he would take to the grave with him.

Sigmund Freud, Cocaine

Sigmund Freud, who spoke eight languages while many British people can’t even speak their own, is the classic image of popular psychiatry that springs to mind when the subject arises. Few people are as synonymous with their industry as Freud.

Cocaine was talked about in medical circles as a new, cure-all wonder drug and Freud was one of its earliest advocates, writing a scientific paper extolling its virtues, particularly as a pain killer and anti-depressant, setting up medical experiments, distributing it among friends and no doubt getting himself invited to every party in Vienna. However, when its side-effects began to be discovered, he stopped advocating its use publicly, though still used it extensively for 12 years until mysteriously stopping the day after his father’s funeral in 1896.

A prominent Jewish figure, Freud underestimated the threat of Nazism and only just managed to get out of Austria after the Anschluss of 1938, settling in London where he died a year later aged 83.