Heroin on the brain: Hoffman death continues to reverberate

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  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    Perhaps patriot is correct about those who choose "acting" as a career, but we should never think that a certain "class" of people are worthless because their lives differ from our own. In every city, in every town, there are people who are struggling with problems, that to them are huge. When those problems seem insurmountable, some turn to alcohol. Some turn to drugs. Some do other things that are destructive to themselves or to others. Should we reject them because they're facing problems that they don't know how to handle?

    "Movie people" get a lot of press when things go wrong in their lives, but, before judging, visit any jail, any drug or alcohol rehab center. Those places probably have very few "actors", but they are full of ordinary folks who have serious problems.

    Would making drugs legal solve the problem? Does a pain killer heal a broken leg? If we ignore the "problems" we'll never find the proper cure. Making drugs legal does not solve the underlying problem.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    Hollywood is synonymous with certain things..
    1. Divorce
    2. Drug abuse
    3. Alcoholism

    What does this say about actors and the entire Hollywood enterprise and culture? It says that this hollow and artificial culture based on ego and greed is self destructive. Probably 90% of these actors and directors have no religion and are mostly godless men and women who worship money and themselves. There is no foundation for these people to fall back on - nothing to ground them and allow them to control their lives. They get plastic surgery and tummy tucks to attempt to preserve a false image but even that only lasts for so long. We should never find our selves getting too caught up in any movie emotionally because for the most part the actors lives are lies and with few exceptions most movies have no redeeming value and we will always be disappointed. I guess this is why I find it so absurd when we quote actors about politics and policies in our government. These people can't even control themselves let alone have any concept of how to best live within a healthy society.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 7, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    Should mind altering drugs be made legal when the "mind altering effect" is not something that a doctor would prescribe to treat an illness? Should society allow people to use anything that they want to get the "highs" that make them happy? What happens when someone high on drugs drives a car? What happens when someone high on drugs fills a prescription, or extracts a tooth or teaches our children in school? What happens if that person is a police officer with a gun on his belt or a soldier driving a tank?

    Drugs are outlawed for a reason and that reason is some members of society are unable to control their appetites once they "taste" drugs. Addiction would never happen if people were able to control themselves. An addict had to violate the law to become an addict. The consequence of that action is a life-long desire to continue taking that drug.

    Should society open the flood-gates so that everyone can become addicted?

    Self-control is the only safe way to live life.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 4:36 a.m.

    I like Eric's analysis and insights.

    But this piece feels incomplete. What are the alternatives to illegal heroin? Unless it is illegal, the courts have no basis to order treatment. Addicts will not typically voluntarily commit themselves to a treatment program.

    Russell Brand's arguments are persuasive and articulate. But what are the alternatives to the current "war on" strategy?