Russell Brand - Russell Brand wants drug law reform in wake of Hoffman death

0
0
Subscribe To:

Russell Brand has called for a reform of drug laws following Philip Seymour Hoffman's death.

The Oscar-winning actor tragically died in his New York City apartment over the weekend after experiencing a relapse, and Brand - who himself has battled drug addiction and alcoholism in the past - believes he is a ''victim'' of laws that ''criminalise drug addicts''.

The 38-year-old comedian-turned-political activist believes addiction is a ''mental illness'' and should be treated as a medical condition in order to prevent tragedies such as Hoffman's death from a suspected heroin overdose

In an article written for The Guardian newspaper, he stated: ''Addiction is a mental illness around which there is a great deal of confusion, which is hugely exacerbated by the laws that criminalise drug addicts.

''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.

''People are going to use drugs; no self-respecting drug addict is even remotely deterred by prohibition.''

Brand believes the 'Capote' actor - who was allegedly found with a syringe of heroin in his arm at his West Village home in New York City - may not have succumbed to his addiction if there was more help on offer.

The 'Get Him to the Greek' star said: ''Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is a reminder, though, that addiction is indiscriminate. That it is sad, irrational and hard to understand. Would Hoffman have died if this disease were not so enmeshed in stigma? If we weren't invited to believe that people who suffer from addiction deserve to suffer? Would he have OD'd if drugs were regulated, controlled and professionally administered?''


Contactmusic

Tags: Russell Brand - Philip Seymour Hoffman

0
0
Subscribe To:
Advertisement

More Russell Brand

Russell Brand Responds To PARKLIFE Taunts By Releasing His Own Parody Video

“Verbal dexterity plus Estuary accent is what leads to parody of...'PARKLIFE'!” Yes today the inevitable has happened, Russell Brand has created his own ‘Parklife’ parody...

Want To Shout 'Parklife' At Russell Brand? He's Just Going To 'Roll With It'

It’s been a few days now and we’ve all had our fun shouting ‘Parklife’ at Russell Brand. But what does the outspoken comedian make of...

Russell Brand Labelled A 'Champagne Socialist' On Twitter

Controversial celebrity icon Russell Brand came in for some serious flak on Twitter after it emerged that he broke off from a protest on bonfire...

PARKLIFE! Twitter Users Mock Russell Brand's Verbosity

Russell Brand can be verbose. Very verbose. Sometimes, Russell Brand can be so verbose in his writing that his message loses all meaning. It was...

Advertisement

Russell Brand Responds to John Lydon, "I Didn't Say Don't Vote" (He Did)

Russell Brand has responded to John Lydon's comments that the comedian is a "bum hole" for asking people not to vote in elections. The former...

John Lydon, "Russell Brand Wants Cardboard Boxes, Down By the River"

John Lydon, the former Sex Pistols frontman, and a personality never one to shy away from a political debate, says Russell Brand is trying to...

Russell Brand Admits He "Loved" Being Married To "Amazing" Katy Perry

Russell Brand and Katy Perry were once the most loved up A-Listers in showbiz, and as nearly four years have passed since the pair separated...

Jemima Khan Splits from Russell Brand (According to Naughty Boy)

Jemima Khan has split from her boyfriend Russell Brand, according to the pair's mutual friend, Naughty Boy. The pair have been together for about a...

Advertisement

Comments

Russell Brand Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Russell Brand

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All