Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is teachable moment

02/06/2014 8:02 AM

02/06/2014 8:20 AM

Re "Hoffman is no lost hero" (Letters, Feb. 6): I don't agree with letter writer Tom Sizemore that the majority of citizens could care less about an addicts' poor choice.

The reason people care, beyond what should be obvious as we lost someone needlessly, again, to a terrible death, is because Hoffman was a beloved public figure, a common denominator which we can relate to.

Of course, we care. With the upsurge in heroin abuse, this public death brings the opportunity to educate the public about the far-reaching ramifications of anyone's death due to this disease, and addiction is a disease. Let's embrace this as a learning opportunity.

-- Todd Gearou, Carmichael

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