heroin – the deadly seduction

I know a young couple who live under a bridge. It sounds a bit like a fairy tale, but it not. It’s tragic. They’re both hooked on heroin and she’s pregnant. No matter what anyone does to help, the siren call is too strong. Hard to believe it’s a problem in the affluent community in which we rent.

Jan and I went to a presentation and the policeman said that now drug deaths outnumber gun deaths. He showed us some pictures of OD victims, the drug shuts down the signalling that tells the body to breathe and the lungs fill with a brown mucus fluid that is oozing from the nostrils when the body is found. Pretty horrible sounding isn’t it, but the police say that when they administer the nasal injection to counteract the heroin opiate often the drug user is angry that their high was ruined.

I was surprised by the “corporateness” of the problem. The cartel ships to Chicago, the supply-chain uses gangs to deliver and sell. Often people start on prescription pain killers which are costly and then dealers use the marketing bait and switch. Try this, its less expensive or dealers tell the users it’s a new designer drug. Anything to get the product used and keep the revenue stream moving, and the user hooked.

What can parents do ? Get unused prescription meds out of the house as soon as possible. Be in touch with their kids. If the kid’s behavior changes or their friends change don’t be afraid to drug test. Some of the new tests can detect up to five different drugs and give the results in about seven minutes. If the kid passes, reward them. If they fail, you know what you’re facing. If you find pills in their possession, use an online app to identify them. Information is important.

Testing also gives the kids a face-saving out. When their friends ask them to try something the child can say “No, my parents test.” One of the mothers who spoke said “He told me he just used a little weed.” She came into his room one morning and found him dead.

Early intervention is important. One constant was that despite their sorrow, many families say “At least it’s over”. The relief, the sorrow combine as the siren song ends for everyone that heroin has touched.

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29 Comments on “heroin – the deadly seduction”

  1. Shannon says:

    Yikes! Not interested. Plus if I bought drugs, how would I pay for shoes?! 😉 I’ll stick to shopping and exercise, thanks!

  2. reocochran says:

    It is interesting that you know these people. I am sad to read about this, but hope they may somehow change their lives around. I feel drugs are not a good way to escape the one life we are given. Marijuana to help with cancer, epilepsy and now, considering for other children’s use, as long as they are not including the strong element of thedrug in their formula makes me glad they can help others with the plant.

    • billgncs says:

      the problem with weed is that young peoples brains are still developing, and there’s some evidence that it can contribute to mental illness.

      My own experience with a roommate who was a heavy smoker was that it dulled his initiative.

      It wasn’t until he stopped that his life took off.

      Some of the parents who’ve lost kids are very affluent – but then targeting young kids who think they are impervious to everything is very effective.

      The other thing is that medical weed finds it’s way to the street.

      Thanks for commenting, always glad when you stop by.

    • billgncs says:

      One thought that I have thinking of for a while… many people you might know have addict kids or relatives but are so horrified by the stigma that they never let anyone know. It’s a silence that even more burden.

  3. I live in Madison, WI, There is a HUGE heroin problem here, eclipsed only by the designer drug problem. Talked to a homeless guy at the library who said he’s thousands of dollars to the worse because he’s behind in paying for his methadone. “Going back on heroin would be cheaper.” His buddy chimed in, “Hell, I know a dude can get cheaper than that for you.” Sad, sad.

    I was involved in the CA drug scene when it was just pot and shrooms, etc. Then cocaine came in with the Medallin cartel and the whole stoner population got unfriendly and greedy. You are SO right when you call it “corporate.” In the old days, and now I sound very old, not just 58… back then, it was about supplying grass to friends and having a little for yourself, everyone setting a spell together, passed a joint. It was communal. Then all the white men decided to make money off harder drugs, and poof! Down the drain.

    See what some of my posts are tagged “Amy, the Lost Years”? Ha ha ha. Amy

    • billgncs says:

      I agree – it was mellow back then. Now then, now the THC content is very high. Though they use corporate methodology ( taken to the extreme, murder your cometition ) – some of the most brutal cartel leaders were women.

  4. Resa says:

    I agree with everything you say, but it’s not enough.
    Private conversation… later … I’m exhausted!

  5. Yoshiko says:

    This is sad news. Is there a way to eradicate such issues?

    • billgncs says:

      It’s a reflection of a cultural malaise – faith helps, parents monitoring their children closely helps. Once they try it, it’s almost too late, it’s very addictive. As the police said, kids start often using their parent’s old prescriptions. One good step is to throw away old prescriptions promptly.

  6. Anyone and everyone should read this. Though as for me, this right here is one of the reasons I’m happy I have no kids of my own. I’m not sure I’d have been able to protect them…

  7. irini112014 says:

    Very powerful. Thank you for having the guts to put this up.

    • billgncs says:

      there is a powerful force acting like a big corporation ( the cartels ) to get people addicted. Parents must act to protect and guide their kids who are susceptible. Thanks for reading.

  8. ladyliterati says:

    Sad truth. Very informative.

    • billgncs says:

      thanks – the drug cartels have a very polished strategy – and a target user-base of young people exploring and feeling that they are bullet-proof as the young so often do.

  9. The detective said that there’s no privacy for children while they live in your house. You can monitor their phone calls, web usage, etc. Our church purchased a number of drug testing kits that were given away to parents who wanted them. He said that for a child to refuse to take a test is to consider it a positive result and that you then apply whatever consequences you’ve determined. As for deaths by heroin or prescription drugs being greater than those by gun violence, gun violence wasn’t even close.

  10. cperrington says:

    With two teenagers and another a year away, I couldn’t agree more about how important it is to remain proactive in our children’s lives – especially regarding potential drug use.

  11. Nurse Kelly says:

    Thank you for posting this. Heroin death statistics are doubling and tripling in my state. They just started mandatory drug testing in my son’s school, which I am in favor of. At least it’s an action that can be used as a deterrent and could end up saving lives.


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