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Russell Brand: Drug Addiction is a Disease, Not a Crime

Comedian claims abstinence-based treatment is the key

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Russell Brand wants to make one thing absolutely clear: Drug addition is most definitely a disease, not a crime.

The star of “Get Him to the Greek” and “Arthur” testified before Parliament today, discussing his 12 arrests and how these events have impacted him life. The actor is a former heroin addict, and he hopes that his experiences with drugs will help legislators understand that addiction should be treated as a health disorder, not a crime. Instead he “nicking” people for possessing drugs and tossing them in jail, Brand believes all of this time, energy, and money should be spent helping people kick their respective habits.

“We don’t want to discard people by writing them off on methadone and leaving them on the sidelines,” Brand explained. “Just to park people on methadone for four to seven years is criminal.”

The comedian was reportedly speaking frantically, cracking jokes, and, well, being the Russell Brand that his legion of fans have come to know and love. However, despite his references to Tupac and the like, his message remained clear: abstinence-based recovery is essential to helping the countless individuals currently suffering from this disease.

“It is more important that we regard people suffering from addiction with compassion and there is a pragmatic rather than a symbolic approach to treating it,” he explained. He also went on to add that he wasn’t using his celebrity status to reach young people, but to help those who are presently suffering from addiction.

As always, you can count on Twitter for some interesting responses to Brand’s appearance. Here are a few of the more interesting responses I stumbled across.

Russell Brand you executed your answers perfectly. I love this guy http://t.co/rTBOGuZ5(image) 2 hours ago via YouTube on iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Say no to drugs kids. Take a look at Russell Brand, a mincing, jabbering, nutjob who dresses like an old tart!(image) 41 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Russell Brand quoted Tupac whilst answering questions at the Drug Inquiry. Brilliant(image) 23 minutes ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

http://t.co/tmnvLNQr! – russell brand is surprising me these days. and he reminds me of a biblical character with a rock twist(image) 29 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

http://t.co/ORQ09O7C: “(Russell) Brand gets serious about drug use” Good. Because his drug use so far has been frivolous and unfocused.(image) 38 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Russell Brand: Drug Addiction is a Disease, Not a Crime


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  • http://soberspitbath.com LizzySpitbath

    I think Russell is pretty brave to expose himself-and his disease. He is using his celebrity status to give back. Good thing. Might raise his balance at the karma bank!

  • Dareto

    What a pot of lie – drugs addiction is NOT a disease, that is an excuse. Drug addiction is a way of excaping reality of your own life. So you won’t feel something horrible you’ve done or simply to excape what is going on at the moment. By no means is it an addiction, no way. Of course the devil wants you to believe it is but it’s not. Yes granted weed “helps” with illnesses, however, that’s questionable also.

    • http://Facebook Melissa

      You are truly an idiot, why in the world would you say drugs are not addictive, you must live on mars, and come from Venus , yes drugs are very very addictive, and yes it is a deasise, just like cancer is, Read, Go to a meeting or just get out of your house, good greif

  • http://Facebook Melissa

    Great very brave

  • http://netzero John Cunningham

    If drugs are an addiction, an illness, then what are the narcs, judges and jail gaurds? nurses, doctors and hospitals? moral compasses must be an excuse. to take property away from people.

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