|Cocaine in 2002's Hound|
|Opium and cocaine in 2004's Stocking|
And again in The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle (2005) the injection of cocaine was briefly, but quite graphically, shown.
After this there was, in effect, a pause on Holmes adaptations (except Jonathan Pryce's awful children's outing and those of Matt Frewer). When the recent revival began with Robert Downey Jr's 2009 film the subject was once again off limits with the drug usage replaced with an alcohol problem (unbelievably non-canonical in itself). If the injecting of drugs was deemed unacceptable (perhaps for the impact it would have on classification and hence audience numbers) I would suggest that a drink problem was not all that much better (except from a legal standpoint).
The point, as I see it, was that between 2005 and 2009 the decision was apparently taken by the industry to once again shy away from this side of Holmes.
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