Never Enough by Barney Hoskyns; The Ice Age by Luke Williams; A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman – review – The Guardian


Leaving aside the licit kind that are supposed to make us better, there’s an awful lot of diverse experience that can be filed under the catch-all term of “drugs”, and much of it is awful. Attitudes to recreational drugs may be liberalising, but there remains a confusing picture about the nature of drug abuse and addiction. One person’s passing high is another’s journey into hell.

The hoary debate on legalisation or decriminalisation doesn’t really get to grips with the downside of drugs. It maintains, perhaps quite correctly, the pragmatic view that these things are going to happen anyway, so better to get them out in the open, where crime can be avoided and treatment delivered.

But there is also the real possibility, as Barney Hoskyns notes in Never Enough, his confessional memoir of heroin addiction, that if it had been any easier to get hold of the drug he may well…



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