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February 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman: better treatment options; responsibility of the abuser

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The death of talented actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been all over the news [“Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead with syringe in arm,” Nation & World, Feb. 2]. It seems about time that we realize that our present method of dealing with substance abuse has not worked.

We persist in taking the idea that making them criminal is the best way, despite everything from prohibition of alcohol to pot proving this to be a false solution.

It is not a criminal problem, it is a medical and education problem. Every drug, from aspirin to meth, has an upside and downside. Heroin is one of the best drugs for pain control and has much the chemical makeup of our legal painkillers.

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