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Hoffman and the Terrible Heroin Deaths in the Shadows - Jeff Deeney - The Atlantic

Hoffman and the Terrible Heroin Deaths in the Shadows Jeff Deeney The Atlantic

Addiction and mortality related to heroin and other narcotics in the U.S. are increasing rapidly. Should it be easier for addicts to inject as safely as possible?


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When did heroin become such a big problem again?

I thought it had been abandoned for cheaper drugs like meth?

Heroin is still cheap.  This statistic freaked me out:  More people will die of opiate addiction in the next 30 days than died in the 9/11 tragedy. 

So did this:  The people who are actually in the recovering community say their disease is doing push-ups while they’re sober. It’s a brain disorder in them and it’s waiting and lurking and ready to take advantage of any opportunity it has to re-emerge. It’s a motivational disturbance where the usual motivational priorities like our loved ones, our work, our very survival, start to diminish in importance relative to this one overwhelming priority, which is using. And that takes over thinking and it takes over the emotional systems. It’s interesting to see a brain that’s under the influence of a distorted motivation.

Both are quotes from Dr. Drew (Pinsky).  He says we should think of heroin addiction as a chronic medical condition, not as a moral or psychological weakness.


"We’ll think more than we would have about how Hoffman’s demons may have shaped the work he did. For what it’s worth — and I met him exactly once, so it’s not worth a whole lot — I can’t accept the notion that the demons made him great. I want to believe the key was kindness."

The worst drugs are the ones that alter the brain's wetware to plant a seeds of desire deep within.

So that even when the addict is clean, those seeds are still there and growing.

Once the brain has been rewired it's impossible to go back to the pre-drug state.

Exactly.  "Furthermore some studies suggest a permanent dysregulation of the endogenous opioid receptor system after chronic exposure to opioids."

Bad news:  "As of 2008, opioids surpassed cannabis as the most common gateway drug among American youth."

Worth a (nightmarish) read:

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