Heroin, heroin, heroin. Let's say it together, HEROIN!
If we can't even say the drug's name without cringing, how will be be able to help save lives?
One of the topics that I am excited to discuss and bring awareness to is the negative portrayal of heroin users, and the assumptions made about them. Just as our society has created stereotypes for basically everything and everyone, heroin users are no exception.
Now, before I dive in, please know JCF is a judge free zone-say whatever you want and ask whatever comes to mind! There are no silly questions and all feedback is welcome.
So, as I was saying...let's be honest. When you hear words like "heroin" "overdose" "addict" "drug user" "drug abuse" etc. what comes to mind?? Remember, we are being honest here....
I will tell you what comes to my mind- A homeless person on the streets, begging for money. Someone who has messed up their life so terribly that their own families want nothing to do with them. Murderers possibly? People who have been to jail or prison for committing some type of offense. Maybe "crazy people" (whatever that means)?
What I have learned is that the characteristics above are not the true face of heroin. Heroin doesn't discriminate, and does not pry on the bad people in this world. It can come to anyone at any moment, and in a matter of seconds take over your life. This was the exact case with my brother, Jeremy.
So, let's start the conversation! Let's be open about heroin, and the deadly epidemic that is quickly growing. Let's be curious and ask questions about it- Where is it coming from? How much does it cost? What are the side effects? What are the reason's people turn to such an addictive drug? Let's rid the negative connotation about heroin users and instead educate families, friends and addicts themselves about the serious dangers of short and long term heroin use. Let's put aside any and all judgement for the sake of helping someone survive another day and not letting another life be lost to heroin.