Comedian Russell Brand is getting a reputation for his serious dissertations on politics, the gap between the rich and poor and now, in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing, addiction.
Brand is a recovering addict, and he leans on that experience for his latest essay in The Guardian. Short version: the illegality of drugs helped kill the Oscar-winning actor.
If drugs are illegal people who use drugs are criminals. We have set our moral compass on this erroneous premise, and we have strayed so far off course that the landscape we now inhabit provides us with no solutions and greatly increases the problem.
Brand points to countries like Portugal and Switzerland which offer “tolerant drug laws” that, he says, are reducing both crime and mortality rates among addicts. Until the same happens in other western countries we can expect more sad stories like the ones swirling around one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors.