“Now Amy Winehouse is dead, like many others whose unnecessary deaths have been retrospectively romanticised, at 27 years old. Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent. Or Kurt’s or Jimi’s or Janis’s, some people just get the affliction. All we can do is adapt the way we view this condition, not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill. We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care. We need to look at the way our government funds rehabilitation. It is cheaper to rehabilitate an addict than to send them to prison, so criminalisation doesn’t even make economic sense. Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had but we all know drunks and junkies and they all need help and the help is out there. All they have to do is pick up the phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call.”—
Wow. Kudos to Russell on this one. This is so spot on. I could go on, at great length, about how our criminalization of drug use and abuse leads to fucked up perceptions of people struggling with addiction. But he pretty much summed it up.
i’m going south like the geese i just goosed you and so maybe i seem loose to you but i don’t even want to spoon and i did once but i don’t now now that i see how you do things the way you play and sing’s amazing but the way you play the game is crazy you don’t have to say you’re sorry you don’t owe me anything