Saturday, February 8, 2014

More on "Overdose" from Aaron Sorkin in TIME magazine



Please stop saying he died of a drug OVERDOSE. He died of a dose of drugs. There is no safe dose. "Overdose" encourages drug takers to take incrementally higher risks, or bigger risks.



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Marwick Moyers

Inaccurate and pretentious statement. People have overdosed on drugs for centuries, and you're not going to change that interpretation or analysis with one comment written as if you've had some kind of overwhelming revelation.
It may not be correct to write this, but there are perfectly safe levels of all drugs, legal and illegal. You can soothe pain with aspirin or you die from taking too much aspirin. You can get a rush from a drop of heroin heated in a spoon or you can die from too much heroin heated in a spoon.
Yes, there are mild and realistic levels of heroin injection and people do it all the time, and they do not die. You die because you overdosed on the heroin. You took to much, or you took too much over an extended period of time.
One roadblock to solving the addiction problem is people who make comments such as he didn't overdose. The only way to solve the addiction problem is to discuss all aspects of it. For a country built on a willingness to talk, Americans are ridiculously averse to really getting into the nitty gritty and discussing all aspects of a subject such as heroin and other illegal drugs. Americans act the same silly way about sex.
Nitpicking over a definition of the word overdose is not the way to approach a solution to something serious. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a junkie. And he was a junkie who went too far. He overdosed.

6:05 p.m., Monday Feb. 3


Aaron Sorkin: Philip Seymour Hoffman "did not die from an overdose of heroin--he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he had just taken the proper amount, everything would have been fine."


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