Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times
Stephen Gaghan: The freebasing boy genius
Though he had been working as a professional screenwriter since 1994, it wasnt until Gaghan wrote the script for Steven Soderberghs Traffic in 2000 that he garnered an unusual amount of attention for a screenwriter. Winning an Oscar helped him get press and accolades, but it also helped that he was suddenly very vocal about his past drug use. I wasn't much different from my [high school] peers, except where they could stop drinking after three or six or 10 drinks, I couldn't stop and wouldn't stop until I had progressed through marijuana, cocaine, heroin and, finally, crack and freebase
he wrote in a 2001 article for Newsweek.