Beautiful Boy Afterword—Hope for an Addicted Nation
Cancer hasn't been eradicated, of course, but the illness, once a death sentence, is now often treatable. According to Vincent DeVita, M.D., former director of the National Cancer Institute, the war on cancer “did everything it was supposed to do.” The incidence of cancer began dropping in 1990 and has continued to fall every year since then. Since 2004, the death rate from cancer has decreased at double the rate of the previous two decades.
I believe we need an all-out war on addiction modeled on the war on cancer. We could save millions of lives and billions of dollars now squandered on, and by, addiction. But we won't make a dent in this problem unless we decide to fight the right war.