Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Sheds Light into the Shadows of Opioid Addiction

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has been all over the news. He was a brilliantly creative man. I was first introduced to him through the movie Magnolia where he played an in-home male nurse who epitomized love in a seemingly vacant, devoid space. He stood out to me as more genuine than the average Hollywood starlet, someone who could act because he was in touch with the chaos and beauty of his own humanity.

physical_mentalhealthI’ve seen things surface all over social media sites including people I know share their hearts about their own loved ones who have died because of heroin overdoses. Some people think it comes down to a moral or grit issue. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine: “Genetic factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction. Environmental factors interact with the person’s biology and affect the extent to which genetic factors exert their influence. Resiliencies the individual acquires (through parenting or later life experiences) can affect the extent to which genetic predispositions lead to the behavioral and other manifestations of addiction. Culture also plays a role in how addiction becomes actualized in persons with biological vulnerabilities to the development of addiction.”

One of many articles I came across today sheds light on the true proportion of the epidemic of opioid dependence:

…one purpose his passing can offer is to bring into sharp focus the fact that overdose deaths have long been on the rise in the U.S. (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from drug overdoses increased by 102 percent between 1999 and 2010), and to more vigorously continue the discussion about what to do about it. (Read article)

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