Hoffman's death of an apparent heroin overdose is now sparking a public debate about drug policy. Weighing in, actor and comedian Russell brand, a self-described "Addict in recovery. " Writing in "The guardian" newspaper, brand says criminalizing drug use is partly to blame for the hardships of addicts.
Calling addiction "A mental illness," which is hugely exacerbated by the laws that criminalize drug addicts. Doctors who treat addiction say the focus needs to be on treatment.