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A fatal addiction [Editorial]
A fatal addiction [Editorial]

The death this weekend of acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drug overdose has left his fans and colleagues in the film industry devastated by the loss of a great talent at so young an age. Mr. Hoffman was 46 when he was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday with a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm and packets of what appeared to be heroin nearby. His tragedy was a reminder that heroin addiction has many faces, from the rich and famous to people of severely limited means. Mr. Hoffman had battled his addiction for years before ultimately losing that struggle. But his death has re-focused attention on the rising number of drug overdoses responsible for killing...

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