Philip Seymour Hoffman being called a "victim" (Sandy Cohen, AP) is an example of astonishingly irresponsible journalism. Suggesting that an addict is a victim is like proposing suicides are victims. The article also equated addiction a disease similar to high blood pressure or diabetes.
While it is true that we should be supportive and sympathetic toward addicts and others who suffer, it is also prudent for all to remember that most addicts made a choice to become involved in the substance being abused.
To suggest that addicts bear no responsibility for their own actions and choices is to shrug off personal accountability and coddle others who have also chosen to involve themselves in alcohol or drug use. Our youth and others deserve better direction and a call for accountability instead of yet another loophole.
Risky behavior leads to risks, such as death, dismemberment, loss of mobility or emotional and mental functionality. Addictive behavior cannot be equated with diabetes or high blood pressure. Everyone has a choice and every action has a consequence. With the levels of drug education offered in our schools, there is absolutely no excuse for choosing to use drugs. The true victims are the ones left behind.
Mary Blyth Jones