Well-said, Maia. I’m a “recovering” heroin addict with 18+ years clean and thus the hindsight to have discerned many truths about it. Though I was a high school graduate with some college credits when I became a junkie (for 22 years), I am now a PhD.candidate whose dissertation is about (wait for it!) the nature of addiction; and the treatment of opiate addiction with ibogaine. While your cogent article is directed at the alleged Drug War, your comments about addiction being made worse by punitive social and legal action is right on the money. Congratulations to you!