“The book’s title comes from an old blues tune by Willy Dixon. The song’s point is that everyone needs something to get through this world and will do whatever it takes to get it. I don’t draw moral distinctions, but, practically speaking, the particular drug you’re hooked on does make a big difference.
Alcoholics can go to a tavern or liquor store, but dope fiends gotta score, they gotta find a spot, they’re breaking the law and risking their lives. A [heroin] habit, with its physical dependency, is the ultimate tyranny, and getting out from under it is a big deal. Going from that to cocaine frees you from a set of shackles that, in my opinion, are the hardest to break.”
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