The Great Equalizer: The Death of Eve Rausing

However she died, they were in it together. The drugs and the insanity. The fact he fled from the scene in a car full of drugs suggests he is in the grip of an active addiction. And if that is proven to be the case, he chose not to report her death probably because he knew deep down getting others involved would mean he’d ultimately have to stop using.

That is the terrible logic of addiction.

I read a story in the Globe and Mail this morning about the unexplained death of Eva Rausing, one of Britain’s richest wholesale nfl jerseys women, after her body was discovered at her Belgravia home and her husband was arrested.

The back story is that Eva Rausing was married to Hans Kristian Rausing, 49, an heir to Tetra Pak fortune worth many billions of dollars. She had a long history of drug use and in fact was once arrested for bringing a purse full of crack cocaine and heroin to a function at the US embassy (which shows where her head was at). That she got off with a warning says a lot about equal access to justice and the super-rich.

Yesterday her husband was found “driving erratically” with 50 grams of coke in the car and arrested. When police went on to search the couple’s luxurious, five-storey mansion in the posh Chelsea district of London, they discovered the body of Ms. Rausing. It was not clear how long she had been dead.

Here husband has been on detained as is now in hospital. Whether he will be charged in her death is an open question.

However she died, they were in it together. The drugs and the insanity. The fact he fled from the scene in a car full of drugs suggests he is in the grip of an active addiction. And if that is proven to be the case, he chose not to report her death probably because he knew deep down getting others involved would mean he’d ultimately have to stop using.

That is the terrible logic of addiction.

Beyond у the sensational details of this human drama stand some awful truths that we might think about over the next few days as we watch our media revel in this story of the rich wholesale nba jerseys and the damned.

Eva Rausing was a mother with four children. She had struggled with her addiction to drugs for years. She had been to treatment centers over and Tired over again. That she was a billionaire with all the resources in the world to get копия the treatment she needed was entirely irrelevant to her disease.

Addiction is a tough and scary diagnosis. It has no mercy. Addicts, like people with cancer, diabetes, heart disease and HIV have to learn to “live with their disease”. We fight it everyday. Many of us have a genetic predisposition that can trap us into a spiral of abuse and slavery. No one chooses to be an addict.

Too often we see addiction portrayed as a disease of the poor, the dispossessed, the hopeless, the homeless – and the weak minded. Language like “Crack head” and “junkie” reveal our attitude of judgment, misguided, unhelpful and factually incorrect as it is.

A report by the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse in 2006 reveal 76% of people with addictions in are employed. They’re not poor. Or homeless. 1 in 10 people in our population are in active addiction right now. Drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, gambling, food, working out… the list is wholesale nfl jerseys almost endless.

Look around you. Count 10 people then pick one. Maybe it’s you?

Until we see addiction as a health issue – and not a moral issue we will continue to reap the rewards of ignorance – and death. Eva Rausing was a wife, a ????????? mother and a pillar of the community. She gave millions to charity. She had more than her fair share of wealth.

Yet in the end, she had equal access to death. Rich, poor, employed, homeless, beautiful or otherwise, addiction is the great equalizer.

E. Brian Johnson
Special to Bellwood Social
Bellwood Health Services