Editor's Note: On August 10, 1989 the Pakistan Star featured an article by Huma Farooqui entitled “The Living Dead”, which included case studies of a physician, a drug dealer, a businessman, and a farmer, all of whom were addicted to heroin and live in Karachi, Pakistan. The reader is most immediately struck with the universals of each man's situation: similar family responses, the commitment to drug taking, the negative social consequences. While it is acknowledged that women become addicted, they are reported as few in number. These case studies are adapted to emphasize the commonalities of addiction that cross international lines—issues of drug accessibility, limited resources for treatment, symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation, and societal rejection. Addicts are looked upon with sympathy, but more from the perspective of their misfortune than from an understanding that addiction is a disease process with both mental and physiological components. What follows is a shorter version of this article.