Drug Use
When drug addiction conquers all

We just said goodbye to a 26-year-old neighbor, a kid I watched grow up from sandbox to carpool to high school rock band to opera singer to drugs. His name was Noah. He could sing a seamless “Stardust,” and he loved the Italian opera singer Tito Gobbi, because Gobbi was a true character actor too. Noah was my son's oldest friend. My son sang, “I'll Be Seeing You” at his funeral in Griffith Park near the carousel, where the boys grew up going to birthday parties and playing baseball. A minister read the poem “There Are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves.” That was Noah. Gentle, and then the disease sunk in its claws. Sometimes, I think of...