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The Contagion Of Addiction
Mar 2014
Dr Karan Thakur
Dy General Manager, Operations, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals New Delhi

Last month, noted actor and Oscar winning performer, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment from an apparent overdose of heroin. The actor joins an ever-growing list of celebrities and A-listers who have battled substance abuse and addiction. Many do it recreationally; some do it because it helps them ‘get away from it all’; but most do it because of peer pressure or because of the nature of their industry. Whatever the reasons, the results are deadly and have lasting impact on their families, their fans and on popular culture. So powerful is the imagery of an iconic film star or performer that impressionable fans sometimes go to any length to copy their idols. The contagion of addiction is, therefore, more than a personal affliction and more a sociological problem in our society.