(Closed) So many people in my hometown are dying from heroin overdose

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Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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BakerBee16:  Heroin has become an epidemic in my hometown as well. It’s insane how many well-to-do people use it and in some cases, have succombed to it. One off the top of my head, a guy in his 30’s OD’d in his garage while his wife and two young kids were in the house. He was an executive in a local construction company. Heartbreaking. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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BakerBee16:  It’s incredibly sad and on the rise. And you are absolutely right. Heroine (and other hardcore drugs) does not discriminate. I teach high school and have many, many students who are abusing heroine and other drugs, or who are dealing at school. I teach all honors and have a predominately well-off group of students and I was (naively) shocked to find out how many of my students were doing these level of drugs. I found out one of my formers (he moved to another teacher’s class) was like the top dealer at our school! I came from a Title 1 school and of course drugs were an issue, but at school it was more marijuana. I don’t get it because drugs have never been appealing to me in any way. These kids are truly ruining their lives because of their addictions and I’m terrified I’m going to lose one of them because of it. 

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is very sad to lose young people for any reason, including addiction. Please try not to be so judgemental of their friends and acquaintances though. Even if you know someone is struggling, even if you talk with them and encourage them to seek help, there really is nothing anyone else can do.

Have you ever dealt with addiction in a friend or family member?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

My mom died of a heroin overdose and I assure you it wasn’t from a lack of every single person in my family trying to help her. We gave her all the help we could. Please don’t be so judgemental when you have no idea the struggle that goes on behind closed doors.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m so sorry to hear this. I lost my best friend from college to suicide, and it was extremely painful how many people came out of the woodwork to talk about how “tortured” she was and how great friends they were with her. It was terrible, especially in light of the fact that I and her closest friends made a pact NOT to go to the media out of respect for her parents (it was a high profile case). If they had been such good friends, they would have known that. People are going to talk, especially if they think it makes THEM look good. I think it’s even worse with social media–my friend died in 2004, so Facebook wasn’t even a thing.

Please hang in there. I’ve heard that heroin overdoses are becoming more and more common.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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BakerBee16:  are you from massachusetts?

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Helper bee

My brother was a heroin addict for many years . He is 23 and many of his friends have passed away . It was one of the hardest times of my families lives dealing with this addiction . All while my father was newly diagnosed with cancer and in the hospital . He was stealing thousands out of his bank account , pawned my fathers wedding ring . Pawned my nephews tablet , his godson who was five at the time . My parents put him in counseling , rehab , everything , he didnt want help .  My mother cried every day thinking she was going to lose her husband then get a call that her son was dead from an overdose . It was heartbreaking . We were the enemy to him trying to get him help . 

You know what worked ? He got arrested with his best friend for drugs . My parents let him sit in jail for a week . His friend was sent to NY city for a rehab program as he had been arrested multiple times . He overdosed and died there . That FINALLY made my brother quit . So please dont judge those close to these people . Sometimes they do everything they can and they are suffering also . It’s not until that person really wants to quit that they finally start helping themselves . 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Just to elaborate for you… When in I was high school my aunts called cps, threatened to have us kids taken away. That didn’t happen or help her. I drove her every morning before school to the methadone clinic, that did nothing.  My aunts had her committed for 24 hours against her will, that was the most they could get since she was an adult and not a danger to herself or others.  I threw her drugs away, she would get irate with me. My aunt paid for her to go to an in patient treatment center for three months. She was out of that two months and died. There is a lot more but honestly getting someone help isn’t as easy as it sounds and something that went on for over a decade.

On the flip side, my mom died and my father has been clean since. I think his guilt overwhelmed him and he just stopped on his own.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s really easy to judge those around an addict for not helping, but far far more difficult to actually be in that situation and to know what help is the “right” help.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Same thing is happening in my area. We just lost a beautiful young girl to this horrible epidemic. It is so sad and I pray for her little girl she leaves behind.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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BakerBee16:  Like pps said, it’s on the rise. Surgeon General has made both “drug-free living” and mental health two of his top priorities. The mental health piece is huge. I think so many people in America feel hopeless and alienated and drug abuse thrives on that. Our healthcare system is also to blame. So many people are given opioids for chronic conditions and are then not given plans for coming off of these medications. Heroin is cheaper than oxys and easier to get…

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Living in Baltimore, which is notorious for heroin, it has had an effect on nearly everyone- everybody has a family member or a friend struggling with drug addiction. This is a real billboard that is local:

The line at the top says “kids are trying drugs at age 11”. Terrifying.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It’s on the rise where my siblings grew up. My brother is addicted. He got treatment for it and was doing very well. He had custody of his son, held a steady job, was a great dad and person. I love him and I know what a funny, gentle, and giving person he is when he’s sober. But when he’s using, it’s hard to be around him and its sooo hard to help him. I’m so scared that I’m going to have to bury my brother soon. It’s like everyone can talk about it but no one knows what to do. 

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