He has battled addiction and come back from the brink. So, Russell Brand has first-hand knowledge of what it is like to battle addiction.
And now he is urging for a change in how addicts are perceived.
The comedian told MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee that addiction should be treated as an illness instead of a crime.
The 36-year-old who said he had beaten a heroin addiction which saw him arrested a
dozen times, blamed his drug problems on emotional and psychological difficulties.
Society should not “discard people, write them off on methadone and leave them on the sidelines” and should exercise more “love and compassion”, he argued.
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