It's been three days since Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a West Village apartment, reportedly surrounded by the detritus of his addiction: a needle, baggies full of heroin, other empty bags, prescription drugs. News stories have retraced his last days, speculated tastelessly on what his death means for the Hunger Games' final installment, and wondered whether the drugs that appear to have killed him were laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that's recently made an unwelcome reappearance in the Northeast's heroin supply.
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Yesterday, though, a test of the heroin in the actor's apartment found no trace of fentanyl. At the same time, four people, three men and one woman, were arrested in lower Manhattan on suspicion of having sold Hoffman the drugs that may have led to his death. The city's medical examiner is expected to release an official cause of death for him today.
It's important to do a few things here, quickly, while our minds are still collectively on addiction and the huge, brutal loss of losing someone so universally beloved to something so vile. The truth is, heroin addicts can stay safer, even when they're not ready to get clean. And as a city, we can help them.More »