Don't overreact to celebrity drug deaths

    As a long-time fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman's work, I view the widespread reactions of grief over his death with a mixture of appreciation and dread.

    As a fan, I appreciate the recognition that this Oscar-winning actor's astounding talents richly deserved.

    But I also brace myself for the sort of anger-driven, self-defeating, lock-'em-up antidrug crusades that too often have followed shocking drug-related celebrity deaths.

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