Russell Brand
Talks Addiction

Russell Brand spoke before Parliament to support British drug treatment programs -- and he quoted an interesting pop culture source to back up his testimony.

Russell Brand

Admitted recovering drug addict Russell Brand is a huge proponent of recovery programs instead of jail -- and he testified in front of Parliament to oppose sending drug offenders to prison.

"It is something I consider to be an illness, and therefore more of a health matter than a criminal or judicial matter," the Rock of Ages star told the British Parliament's Home Affairs Committee. "It is more important that we regard people suffering from addiction with compassion and there is a pragmatic rather than a symbolic approach to treating it."

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"Addicts who get clean one day at a time through abstinence-based recovery generally stop committing crime," Brand continued. "That's better for victims, that's better for the addicts, that's better for society."

Brand backed away from supporting the legalization of drugs, saying that addicts care little about the legality of what they are doing, but did break out an awesome pop culture reference: Lyrics to a Tupac Shakur jam.

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"As the great Tupac Shakur said, 'Role is something people play, model is something people make. Both of those things are fake,'" Brand quoted. "What I want to offer people is truth and authenticity in the treatment of this illness, in our regards to the criminal components of it, in assisting victims and in the way we legislate and organize our society."

Russell Brand is a recovering heroin and sex addict who has been arrested 12 times. He's been clean since 2002.

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Comments on "Russell Brand quotes Tupac to Parliament"

Casey May 09, 2012 | 5:12 PM

My grandma had a solution to get my grandfather to stop drinking many years ago. She gave him a beer that was laced with an over-the-counter medicine that was known to produce some pretty uncomfortable results. My grandfather drank the beer and he was sick for a week, but the good news is that he never had another drink for as long as he lived. Maybe the CIA should flood the black market with tainted drugs and let things take their course. Problem solved.

Kelly May 09, 2012 | 5:02 PM

The solution to the drug epidemic is for people to not take drugs in the first place. Drug prevention starts by creating opportunities so that people won't be tempted to do drugs. Good families and strong communities are also a defense against the scourge of drugs.

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