Three Decades of Politics and Pop Culture ... on Drugs

Oct 01, 2011

Getty images: Russell Tate
1. What New England Congressman took busloads of his constituents into Canada to buy cheap drugs in 2000?

a) Bernie Sanders
b) Judd Gregg
c) Barney Frank
d) John Kerry

2. HBO's critically acclaimed drama "The Sopranos" starred James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, the mobster with a sensitive streak. What prescription drug was Tony prescribed for his occasional panic attacks?

a) Xanax
b) Klonopin
c) Effexor XR
d) Prozac

3. Best known for its copious use of endnotes, what David Foster Wallace novel references at least 60 different psychoactive drugs and substances, from Ativan to Zoloft?

4. A Bonnie and Clyde for the punk generation, what 1989 film starring Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch depicted a young couple on the lam, robbing pharmacies instead of banks?

5. What anti-smoking drug was said to have caused the violent behavior leading up to the shooting death of Carter Albrecht, keyboardist for Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, in 2007?

a) Zyban
b) Chantix
c) Nicorette

6. Which sports superstar has not served as spokesperson for a pharmaceutical marketing campaign?

a) Phil Mickelson
b) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
c) Mia Hamm
d) Tony Gywnn
e) Steve Young
f) John McEnroe

7. What actor—frantic in Roman Polanski's film, Franticplays scientist Robert Stonehill in Extraordinary Measures, a film based on the true story of developing a drug for Pompe's Disease?

a) Brendan Fraser
b) Ralph Fiennes
c) Harrison Ford
d) Tom Cruise

8. In 1984, what band—a favorite of Patrick Bateman, Bret Easton Ellis's fictional serial killer in "American Psycho"—dropped the radio-friendly single "I Want a New Drug"?

a) The Cars
b) Meat Puppets
c) Huey Lewis & the News
d) Yes

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