It’s so easy to be dismissive of those who choose drugs

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I was 16 when I went to see the film Trainspotting. I hope I won’t get in trouble for that now, seeing as I’m 33, but it had an 18 certificate, you see.

Directed by Danny ‘Olympic opening ceremony’ Boyle, it was all about heroin.

When it came out (1996), people were worried it glorified heroin use. I think the opposite was true, and from the opening titles the message is that using such a drug is a choice, and the outcome can be tragic.

I was saddened to learn that two people from Portsmouth died last week from a bad batch of heroin.

It’s easy to shrug and say they had it coming, or to dismiss it as being one less junkie on the street.

The truth is that drug addiction is a tragedy, as soon as you make that choice.