Firstly, nobody has said that "Ben Spurgin Tribute Day" is a recurring annual holiday like Madness Day. If the submissions kick enough ass, then maybe we'll make it annual, but the whole point is to give a final salute to one of the most influential people in NG's history, and to say goodbye to a friend.
The way he died does not change the fact that in the early 2000's, Ben was a regular contributor to the site who was known for constantly bettering himself in his work. He wasn't just some kid who did nothing but post snarky comments on the bbs or submit spam flash, he was an artist. He was one of the first guys to develop popular flash series, laying the groundwork for many of today's popular artists.
If the fact he died from drug use prohibits you from understanding this, might I suggest you attend a Tea Party rally that day and avoid exposure to the whole event.
Your argument that his mistakes in later life negate what he did in his youth are just retarded. That's like saying Chris Farley had no impact on comedy... Kurt Cobain had no impact on music... Howard Hughes on.. almost everything....
Nobody here is celebrating or promoting drug use... rather the life and talent that was lost because of it, and the characters that we will never see again unless we bring them back ourselves.