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Tag: war on drugs

Feb.
9th

Hoffman’s addiction alone is responsible for his death

“No words for this. He was too great and we’re too shattered.” — Director Mike Nichols.

The above quote is one of many describing the tragic death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the Academy Award-winning actor who died of an apparent heroin overdose last Sunday. The circumstances were a wake-up call for anyone who assumed the days of heroin were long gone.

In fact, this retro drug from the ’90s is not only back, but usage is increasing at an alarming rate. In addition to a four-fold increase in heroin seizures along our southern border,

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Nov.
17th

Recreational drugs: what was old is new

“The Greeks and Romans used opium, anticholinergics, and numerous botanical toxins to induce states of mental euphoria, create hallucinations, and alter their own consciousness.”

The quote, lifted from the pages of Dr. David Hillman’s book, The Chemical Muse, suggests that recreational drugs were an accepted part of both the society that created democracy and the empire that bent its knee to Caesar.  

The notion that mind altering drugs have been around a long time should come as little surprise. Today, the demand remains strong, regardless of the so-called war on drugs (or perhaps

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