NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - More than 125 people a day are dying from drug overdoses of heroin and pills in this country. It's a bigger killer than gun violence, car accidents or terror attacks. Now some are wondering if popular music is promoting a dangerous climate where drug use is normal.
Pop songstress Tove Lo dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her single "Stay High." She wasn't the only mainstream megastar whose drug-themed music captivated millions of fans and rode the top of the charts.
The video for the Weeknd's ode to drug addiction "I Can't Feel My Face" has racked up more than 500 million views.
But there's nothing glamorous about it, says Kayla Gerdes. She should know. Her pill addiction as a teenager led to a fatal crash and a five-and-a-half-year prison term. Now an activist, she says the wrong message is everywhere.
O.T. Genasis is part of a growing genre of hip hop known as trap music. The beats and hooks are as addictive as crack, but there are very real, often negative consequences on the streets, says Newark community leader Al-Tarik Onque.
No one is advocating any type of censorship, but there are a growing number of voices calling for some balance.