In the title segment of this week’s broadcast I mention the passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. After scoffing at the notion that addiction is an “illness,” I unmask myself as not a total drug libertarian:
Addiction is just a style of self-destructive behavior, with roots probably part innate, part environmental. Think of all the people like me who have never tried any serious narcotic. Some proportion of us, if we did try it, would become addicts, because of some predisposition in the genes that shape personality. The predisposition is the innate part; the opportunity to try it the environmental part.
That's the case for making it difficult and socially disapproved to even try narcotics — a case for keeping them illegal. I agree with that case so far as serious narcotics like heroin are concerned.
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