Russell Brand Urges Compassion For Drug Addicts

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Russell Brand entering MP Committee hearingBritish comedian and former heroin addict Russell Brand…

Has told UK Lawmakers, that addicts should be treated “with love and compassion” and not as criminals.

Brand was speaking to an MPs committee on drugs in the UK, about his own personal experiences of drug addiction and offering suggestions on UK drug policy.

The actor and comedian said that there needs to be more “love and compassion” for addicts and backed an abstinence-based approach for treating drug addiction.

He also downplayed the significance of celebrities as role models in society, saying…

“As the great Tupac Shakur said, role is something people play, model is something that people make. Both of them things are fake. What I want to offer people is truth and authenticity.”

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Keith Vaz, chairman of the committee, said…

“Hearing from those personally affected by drugs use is essential to our inquiry. I welcome Russell Brand’s openness about his addiction and recovery.

I hope that his experiences will help us understand the nature of addiction and the impact that it has on addicts and those around them.”

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