Nowadays there are many movies that depict zombies, staggering, terrorizing and threatening to eat the brains and bodies of the living. These movies are blockbusters, selling millions of dollars worth of tickets on release. Yet the real question is, what is the possibility of zombies to exist in our culture?
Could the dead walk among us and prey upon us, killing and disposing of us without being found out? Just what is a zombie? A supposedly dead person, brought back to life by either chemicals, astrological disturbances or even by the government.
They eat the living and in nearly all depictions, they are not stealth in their movements or actions. Usually, they do not run but are rather slow and deliberate. Is the potential there for them to exist in our culture? The answer is yes!!
When we compare the result of numerous years of drug abuse by individuals, we can conclude that zombie-like behavior is a possibility. Cocaine, heroin, PCP, and lastly methamphetamines can all produce zombie like effects on the hardened user. Medical research has shown that drugs abuse damage and kill brain cells in addition to the deterioration of the abuser’s own health.
Specifically, the use of meth induces reactions in the user that could be compared to something out of a Wes Craven zombie film. Don’t forget the imaginary sores on the skin that the user picks at incessantly, oblivious to the damage they are causing.
The toxic aspect of the drugs, combined with an increase in sugar substances, added to an already poor hygiene and life style, can produce the loss of teeth in the abuser. Sunken eyes, sallow skin and an overall poor health and appearance that are comparable to that of a zombie.
The undead that we see in the movies are indeed among us. If we remove the Hollywood treatment from what is believed to be a zombie, then the connection between harden drug abuse and death walking can be seen.
To answer the question we only have to look beyond what we have seen in the movies and take the basic characteristics of the zombies. The answer then becomes clear when compared to those addicted to street manufactured drugs. Zombies are us!