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Speedball use in popular culture
Speedball use was a contributor to the cause of several high-profile deaths, including that of John Belushi, Chris Farley , Brent Mydland, Layne Staley, River Phoenix, Mitch Hedberg, Eric Show, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Hillel Slovak; David Gahan overdosed on a speedball but survived. A speedball over dose also killed the singer Janis Joplin  at the age of 27.
In the book The Dirt, Mötley Crüe bassist, Nikki Sixx, admitted to doing speedballs shortly after starting heroin, resulting in vomiting. In his autobiography, Slash admits that he often injected heroin and cocaine when he was guitarist with Guns N' Roses, sometimes speedballing.
The use of speedballs may have first been discovered by the CIA while working on the MKULTRA experiments. In declassified CIA documents it was said that "an IV drip of a barbiturate would be started in one arm of a human subject and an IV drip of amphetamine would be waiting to flow in the other arm and just as the subject began to fall asleep from the barbiturate, the amphetamine would be released resulting in the patient waking up and babbling incoherently." Other experiments of this sort included the use of heroin, mescaline, psilocybin, scopolamine, marijuana, and alcohol.
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