While the media sensationalizes the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the rest of us should ask ourselves what we can do to help our fellows who are hounded by addiction, depression or perhaps simply drowning in their own darkness.
We should examine, as a culture, what drives people to abuse drugs and what we, as a society, can do to limit, if not eradicate, these drives. It is not as simple as putting an end to drug trafficking – the real issue is why do people feel they need drugs? How do we fill the void they feel in their soul that causes them to travel down this path? What can we do to keep people from feeling like they need to take that first step into darkness?
Whatever the answer is, it is certainly complex and perhaps even individualistic… but this is a conversation that needs to be had.