“Everyone’s talking about him, and we want to know whose phone
numbers were in his cellphone,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of
The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
“All of that’s important, but in Washington, in San Diego, in Chicago
and in Vermont, people died. And that’s the nature of this. People say
he was a smart guy, that he should have known it was bad. Of course he
knew it was bad — the problem is, his brain was constantly telling him
that some heroin would be a very good idea.”
Hoffman’s death highlights a steep increase in drug overdoses.
Consider that in 2010, there were 38,329 such deaths in the United
States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s more than double the 16,849 fatal overdoses recorded in 1999.
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