I Am the Face of Addiction

Watch this powerful video, “I Am the Face of Addiction”. This horrible epidemic is taking to many lives from us. We need to understand that people who are addicted need love, their families need love.

There was a story on WPXI this weekend that really upset me, “Some first responders argue Narcan gives opiate users false sense of security“. I feel that this story casts a negative spin on a horrible epidemic that is sweeping our nation and our local communities.

I support first responders completely, the situations that they have to deal with are unimaginable and they save lives. I just feel that this story should have received comments from people with an understanding of addiction.

Narcan will NOT be a safety net for people. People that are in this level of addiction are NOT just out there getting high. They are people who are trying to get a normal feeling that addiction takes away.

When a person is administered Narcan, they are immediately put into a detox mode or “dope sick“,  which prevents many people from ever getting clean.

Narcan is NOT a cure to addiction, Narcan is a way to save lives from an overdose. This should be one step in addressing the overdose epidemic, recovery must follow and sadly the person must be ready for recovery.

I am NOT an addiction specialist. I would have preferred to see this story include an addiction specialist, someone who could clarify the information in this story. First responders are there to deal with horrific incidents and save our loved ones lives, they are not expected to be addiction specialists.

I wish Narcan could have been available when I lost Amber, but it was not. Would it have caused her to lead a life of recovery? No one will ever know that… But, if it saves one person it is worth it to me.

WPXI has been doing a wonderful job reporting on Narcan and I thank them for that. I just feel this story left a lot of loose ends and could have a negative impact, which sadly means it could cost lives.

Opinions express are my own.
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Facing Addiction – Enough is Enough!

This fact is staggering!

Every 4 minute someone dies from addiction.

Every 13 minutes someone’s child dies from an overdose.

This horrible epidemic is a health crisis that is getting attention today of the leaders of our country. The Surgeon General today announce a Surgeon General’s report on addiction and leaders made it know that they will work with us to change the country.

Four months ago today we lost a beautiful young lady. She was struggling to get clean and fight this horrible demon called addiction. She slipped and it was her last time. The calls begin early in the morning on June 4th 2015. I collasped at work from shock. Reaching deep inside for the strength to do what had to done I got up and went to my sister (Amber’s mom). My sister cried and called for help. My wife was in a meeting at school for my daughter when I interupted her meeting. Our girls were pulled from class crying, Amber was more of a sister than a cousin. Amber’s grandparents cried and struggled to believe this horrible new reality.

Addiction is very real. This year, 2015, has had so much deaths from addiction that it is now a horrible health crisis. Every 13 minute’s someone loses a child to an overdose. Every 4 mintues someone dies from addiction.

Addiction is a family disease, it does not just affect the person who is addiction. It affects everyone that person knows and cares about. It is a HELL that I couldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

I have heard several comments about addicts that are very cruel. Addiction is a disease, that is a fact. It is listed by the medical professional as a disease so that is NOT debatable. Heroin, is a nasty drug that people can’t understand why someone would use. I agree completely with that. I do know that people do NOT just walk up in the morning and say “Hey let’s try heroin”. After you get hooked on pain pills and other drugs you need to find a cheaper way to get that feeling, at this point you are hooked already. Then you try it and the eurphia is described as amazing. But, that one time high is not something that you can get so easy after and every again. Heroin is used then to just feel normal, to stop from being sick. Dope sick is described as feeling like you are dying. They try to reach out for help but are looked down upon, what other disease has a stigma like addiction. How can people get help when they are looked at like the scum of the eart. Called names like junkies.

I have alrady been FED UP! I am FED UP with addiction, overdose and how addicts are treated! I am FED UP that we don’t legislation to help addicts.

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