Heroin has recently claimed the lives of some unlikely victims in Toronto this year, and some others seem to be off the deep end nearing the end. My friend just died, apparently from snorting what couldn't have been a huge amount, on a rare occasion. From what I can tell, 2013 has seen a spike in opiate use, specifically smoked and snorted heroin, in Parkdale and beyond. I don't think the Dandy Warhols will save us this time; the only visible means to effectively address the problem is to explore the void that creates demand for it. From where does the propensity to knowingly consume a deadly substance in pursuit of release from a harsh reality stem?