Russell Brand Blames Philip Seymour Hoffman's Tragic Death on "Stupid" Drug Laws

In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death this past weekend of an apparent heroin drug overdose, Russell Brand has penned an op-ed about Philip Seymour Hoffman's death for The Guardian, in which he says that "extremely stupid drug laws" led to the 46-year-old actor's death. Brand, who is a recovering heroin addict himself, wrote:

Brand goes on to blame the drug laws and the treatment of those who are addicted to any illegal substances:

Addiction is a mental illness around which there is a great deal of confusion, which is hugely exacerbated by the laws that criminalise drug addicts.

If drugs are illegal people who use drugs are criminals. We have set our moral compass on this erroneous premise, and we have strayed so far off course that the landscape we now inhabit provides us with no solutions and greatly increases the problem.

Brand really does have a point here: Drug addiction is better suited to be treated as a disease that prompts counseling and support rather than a criminal activity that is best alleviated by hard jail time — that usually only leads to relapse because the individual isn't getting any actual help for their issues.

In his op-ed, Brand goes on to cite and applaud countries like Portugal and Switzerland for their treatment of those addicted to drugs — "countries like Portugal and Switzerland that have introduced progressive and tolerant drug laws have seen crime plummet and drug-related deaths significantly reduced," he writes —and then goes on to drive the point home with the following:

You can read the full op-ed over at The Guardian, here.