I was on a TV News report recently discussing the release of my book – Heroin – Living and Dying with an Addict You Love, How to Survive When Everyone Dies. The local TV station, of course, posted the report on their website and opened a comment section for viewers to discuss the topic.
As you might guess, some of the comments were quite hateful toward the addicted and their families. One commenter went so far as to describe addicts as living in filth and dying in filth. Clearly, this viewer had an opinion based on what many of us believed to be true in the 1970’s – Heroin is a gutter drug – only the most desperate of people would consider living in such a way. I must confess – at one time – I was one who thought the same way.
There are 457,843 reasons I could submit to you as to why this person’s perception is incorrect, but I will only offer a few ideas here. If you read my book, you know that in the 1970’s, heroin cost $3,400 per gram and was about 1/3 as potent as today’s compounds. Today heroin runs at about $200 per gram. Where addicts were getting $3,400 in the ghetto to buy and die with heroin is an interesting question. Heroin is so cheap and effective today that any kid with a job cutting grass can easily afford a week’s supply of heroin.
The suburbs of America’s cities are prime targets for the Mexicans from Xalisco and their Pizza Delivery Distribution System. There is plenty of money – but there are also plenty of prescription pain relief abusers in theses areas. Kids snatch unused pills from medicine cabinets at friends and relatives homes and then sell them to potential addicts for $30-$40 per pill. Eventually, pills become too expensive and too weak to allow new addicts to enjoy the euphoria remembered from their initial high. Soon they find the Xalisco Boys and their highly potent, very affordable Black Tar Heroin. It doesn’t always take very long before the addicted fall victim to overdose – not in some filthy dirt floor shack on the other side of the tracks – but in a $500,000 home in the rich white suburbs of “Look I Made It”, USA.
But for those that think only the down-trodden, uneducated, badly parented kids become heroin addicts and overdose victims…how are all of these celebrities explained? How is it possible that these individuals – who live their entire lives in front of us – some how live a wonderful life yet end up with such a horrible death? Check out some of these pictures – how many do you know?
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