Today’s addict has an ally. The new drug pushers aren’t pimps hanging out in schoolyards or villains in an episode of Law & Order. They are our pharmaceutical companies. They are the pharmacies that distribute their wares.
Once upon a time there were “drug addicts.” Drug addicts were sleazy, desperate characters we only saw in film noirdouble features – black-and-white sub-creatures who skulked around in dark alleys waiting for a “fix.” Men with golden arms, mainliners, intravenous heroin slammers; they had monkeys on their backs.