Heroin is in and Hoffman’s out

by Kiss on February 9, 2014 - 6:54pm

Since the death of 46 year old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the cause of death was suspected to be murder related. Four individuals were arrested, while searching for whomever sold the drugs to Hoffman, Wednesday the fifth of February on charges of possession and distribution of controlled substances. Among the drugs there were more than 350 bags of heroin that were seized. The murder of Hoffman can`t be blamed on the 4 arrested but they will spend a few years in jail on charges of possession and distribution.

            I may be argued that the accused are responsible for the death of Hoffman but the putting the blame should not be the main concern as the problem lies in the pressure of the media on actors. Too many talented actors, musicians and other celebrities of all kind died because of the pressures of their profession. We need to demystify the halo that surrounds celebrities and bring them back to the status of equal citizens in order to prevent unnecessary suicides.


Original article: HAYS, Tom. “Montreal-born musician among 4 arrested in Hoffman death investigation”. Published February 5, 2014. The Globe and Mail.


The tragic death of 46 year old film and stage star Phillip Seymour Thomas is being mourned around the world; nowhere more dearly, perhaps, than right here in his hometown of Rochester, New York. When tragedy befalls us, it is invaluable to determine causation and/or a discernible lesson from our experience, but we must be very careful when making correlations. The fact is, Mr. Hoffman did not die of suicide, his death was declared an “Accidental Overdose”; while he indeed may have been self-medicating with heroin,that does not necessarily mean that he was suicidal.
It has been well reported that Phillip stopped drinking alcohol when he was 22 years old; an example of such may be found at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/fashion/Philip-Seymour-Hoffman-AA-addi.... It may be hard for many of us to conceive, but Phillip may well have considered heroin to a manageable alternative to alcohol. According to a Drug Free World (link here: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/heroin/a-very-slippery-slope.html), herion use is growing exponentially because it is available in various forms that are easier to consume (i.e. can be snorted instead of injected, etc.), and it is more affordable than ever before. In only seven years between 1995 and 2002, the number of teenagers in the United States, aged 12 to 17, who used heroin at some point in their lives increased by 300%. More recently, per our local News 10 station, the number of heroin overdoses in Monroe Country quadrupled in 2 years, from 11 in 2011, to 65 in 2013 (i.e. link can be found here: http://www.whec.com/article/stories/s3311692.shtml).
Those staggering statistics are very personal to me because I am grieving for friends who have been swept up into the temptation of heroin; it is a blessing that they didn't die. Instead they have lost their homes, their support systems, their professional licenses, and they are serving jail time. My friends? They are like Phillip in many ways; like Phillip they are Caucasian and grew up in upper middle class homes located in the well-tended suburbs of Rochester, NY. Phillip's devoted mother, Marilyn Hoffman Connor, is a NYS Family Court Judge; my friends' parents are similarly laureled. Rather than suicide, I suspect that it is exactly those comfortable, cushioned existences that may have enabled Phillip, as well as my friends, to be blind-sided by heroin, not able to discern the danger until was too late.

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