I have to admit that on the subject of hard drugs and addiction I’m a total novice. Actually, for most of my life I lived in blissful ignorance. But news accounts of drug deaths across the nation, and even in the small town in which I live became hard to ignore. I began to wonder if there might be others like me, people that weren’t uncaring; they just didn’t realize the extent of the problem. I wondered if there was something I could do to help educate them, not from an expert’s point of view, but from that of a greenhorn.
The main impetus for this was my befriending a woman who turned out to be a recovering heroin addict. She was a regular person, a good person. She just made some poor choices. One day I offered to try and tell her story. When she accepted, I had no idea what I’d gotten myself into. But I did realize I’d need to do some research. With this in mind, I’d like to present some articles that have been helpful to me. Since death is something many addicts tempt daily, an excellent piece that recently ran on CNN, How heroin kills you seems as good place as any to start.