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We Wouldn’t Shame Lamar Odom For A Heart Attack. Why Do It For Drug Use?

According to the latest reports, Lamar Odom, the former NBA player who was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel on Oct. 13, is breathing on his own and can even get out of bed. Authorities confirmed that cocaine was found in Odom’s system, which indicates that he had been using it in the days before his hospitalization

Now that he’s improving, it’s time to talk about how we react to medical emergencies like Odom’s. While Odom has publicly distanced himself from the label “drug addict,” the way that the public talks about his drug use affects millions of people struggling with addiction. 

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