Philip Seymour Hoffman

Tragic heroin role with another bathroom death

Heroin Role for Philip Seymour Hoffmann

Heroin Role for Philip Seymour Hoffmann

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead, like so many addicts, in the bathroom of his apartment with a needle in his arm. In 1989, when he graduated from New York University, drugs and alcohol consumed him. He told 60 Minutes in 2006: “It was all that drugs and alcohol, yeah. It was anything that I could get my hands on… I liked it all.”

He went into rehab after graduation and told people that he was drug and alcohol free for 23 years before relapsing when he found himself once again injecting and snorting heroin, entering treatment in May 2013. He played a crude has-been actor with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Anniston in 2004’s Along Came Polly. Hoffman’s Truman in Capote the next year won the Oscar, and he was nominated three times for supporting roles including as CIA officer Gust Avrakotos in Charlie Wilson’s War, the story of the American covert operations in Afghanistan, in his next role, losing to Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men). Hoffman was nominated by the Academy and Screen Actors Guild for 2008’s Doubt along with costars Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. He earned another nomination in 2012 for The Master. He likened acting to training for a sport and shunned publicity. He had three children with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell.

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We don’t know yet what happened or what triggered the relapse. However, heroin is making a chilling comeback in the US in rural towns and apparently the West Village in Manhattan. Some of the increase might be attributed to the federal crackdown on prescription drug opiates. Another is increased supply certainly from Mexico where heroin drives the economy on exports to the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 980,000 people in the US are addicted to injectable drugs. However, between 2002 and 211, there was a 53.5% increase in the number of first-time heroin users, says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The CDC reported 3,094 overdose deaths in 2010. That represents a 55% increase from 2000.

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