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Curmudgeon's Corner

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With a Syringe Still in His Arm?

U.S., Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

The tease at the top of this morning’s Journal Sentinel included the picture of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman with the statement that he had been found dead.  I immediately thought that this sounded like an overdose but proceeded to read through the paper until I reached page 12A.

On page 12A, the lead paragraph read as follows:

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in “Capote” and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, was found dead Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm.  He was 46.”

The article went on with the mention that two glassine envelopes had been found by law enforcement officers who said it appeared to be heroin.

Another waste of life that apparently was caused by an addiction to heroin although this person supposedly had been ‘clean’ for 23 years until falling into the habit of using last year which had led to a rehab facility stay between his falling off the wagon and killing himself.

How quickly had this happened if the syringe was still in his arm?

This whole story, in its sadness, brought me to thinking about all the parents who have had similar experiences of the loss of a son or a daughter.  I am told that heroin is neither terribly expensive nor difficult to locate if one wants it.  We read of similar stories almost every week in the metropolitan Milwaukee area.  Some “bad” heroin, as if all of it isn’t bad, was killing people due to impurities; maybe this was part of that batch being peddled by someone in Pennsylvania.

Then, I wondered, how long it will be in Colorado before marijuana serves even more often as the gateway drug that leads to use of the “hard stuff”; how long will it be before that recently legalized hallucinogen results in the need for something stronger, for a higher high?

The seemingly, to some, harmless exploration of marijuana all too often doesn’t end up in as harmless a way as had been envisioned.

To die with a syringe in one’s arm just seems a terrible waste of a human life whether the person is a famous actor or just a regular guy or gal trying to make it through life.

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