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Screen shot 2013-04-02 at 11.30.12 PMIt you can get by Russell’s poetic writing talent, he makes a good point even though one mitigating benefit of ACA compliance is access to treatment.  What lingers is stigma.  That is still fueled by bias not the least criminalization.  We miss Hoffman.  He was a great actor, but under our arcane laws, being an addict made him subject to criminal consequence.  Not much more has to be said to imagine all the repercussions of that and why someone could die alone.  Here is Russell’s article:  Russell Brand: Philip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of extremely stupid drug laws | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 10.16.13 AMWith all his money, what chance do our kids have if this guy can’t save himself.   Addictiveness illness is slowly being recognized as the disease that it is;  a serious condition that will kill if not treated.   Philip Seymour Hoffman is among many celebrities that overdosed.  It often starts with abuse of opiate medication.  3 million  suffering opiate addicts in the U.S is the factual result.  We know it wouldn’t be said to a cancer patient, but parents of young addicts, driven to the brink of madness are often told to let the addict go into a world that embodies a deep denial of humanity.  For most addicts, that conclusion is stigma,  jail and homelessness.  I respect Mr. Hoffman’s accomplishments.  Now the light his death sheds on this scourge may contribute to saving the lives of our own children who are  shrouded in the stench of  opiate addition.  Please see  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor of Depth, Dies at 46 – NYTimes.com.

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