Drugs are Killing me.

It takes a lot to shock me but this is the most sickening, disturbing story I’ve read in a while.

There is no such thing as recreational drug use any more. Abstinence is the only real solution to this crisis. Once they’re in deep enough it’s difficult to bring them back from the depths of hell that is addiction. There are plenty of transformational success stories out there; maybe we just don’t hear enough of them. Maybe there’s still hope.

But as I’ve had to share too often: Many people’s perception of the drug problem is that there is one dealer sitting on a thousand pills. The reality of this problem is that there are a thousand people out there with one pill in their hand at a time. It’s a distribution model that’s tough to combat.

Perhaps with few exceptions, nobody sets out with ‘drug addict’ as a “What I want to be when I grow up” personal goal in life. Nobody writes “Dead on my back with the needle still in my arm” on their bucket list.

You look at a drug addict and all of the self and external destruction they cause and you say “Nobody in their right mind would do the things a drug addict does.” That’s the first and clearest indication that they are not in their right mind.

I am among the group who never bought into the whole ‘illness’ diagnosis of drug addiction. I attributed it to a weak personality and bad decision making. It wasn’t until I went through the medical education process myself that I came to understand, appreciate – and hate the real changes it makes to a person’s brain, body and psyche; maturity and decision logic tree.

Drug use is pervasive in our society and as stated in the article, drug addiction does not discriminate. It knows no boundaries and you will never meet a more resourceful or resilient ‘being’ than a drug addict. You can certainly credit them and hold them accountable for making bad decisions early on in the process but the longer they’re under the influence, the less they are involved in the decision making process until it progresses to the point that they’re not involved whatsoever. The drug has taken complete control and will do anything to seek more of itself. It is capable of defying anything, especially logic, but rarely death.

And until you can separate the human you know and love — from the desperate and determined being that is the drug addict — you’ll never be able to adequately deal with either, or hold out hope of ever getting your loved one back from its clutches ever again.

Forget racial tensions, generational or societal stereotypes. Drug addiction may be the hallmark, the moniker, the legacy and the time-stamp of our generation; if not our entire society moving forward.

It’s killing all of us. Some of us just don’t know it yet.



  • As a person in long-term recovery, with 28 years, I’m glad that classes are offered. I also opened and ran a women’s facility for 21 years, from 1990-2011. I went to treatment once, in 1988.

    I say all of this, not to brag, but to comment from a place of abstinence, understanding that drugs hijack our brains, values, and priorities, and that we are seeing more and more people need help.

    Never in all of this time, from 1988 until now, have I gotten so many calls from people in their 60’s and 70’s, needing help for an opiate problem that started out as a “simple sprained ankle”.

    We are not just losing our youth to the heroin epidemic but our “retired, upstanding members of the community” – and far too many in between.

    Thank you for raising awareness.