Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Do Opiate Users Read More Than the General Population?
I have heard other people mention that junkie's read more than the general population. I have no idea if this is true or even a testable hypothesis. Making any statements about opiate addicts is plagued with the problems of trying to get a good sample. Virtually any statement made about addicts should be prefaced with the phrase, "of the population that is known to the authorities". I would like to think that opiate users are less aggressive and more introspective than the general population, two traits that may lend itself to reading books. It is said that the legendary junkie Thomas de Quincey was a literary junkie. His addiction to books was more responsible for his financial ruin than his opium addiction. At the time opium was cheaper than beer. Oh to have lived in the 19th century, I was born 100 years too late!