I don't beileve it. Howard is very measured in all of his actions & permanently expects doom-laden consequences. Despite his inate freakishness, Howard's way too sensible to lose himself via drug-fueled intoxication. There's usually about 2% truth to his anecdotes &, Howard's accounts of campus deviancy, during his tripped out early 70s, are similarly exaggerated. He probably, once, took a bong hit & swallowed a couple of ludes. Whatever he's done -- if anything at all, it has mutated into, a never ending series of psychedelic fiction.