Heroin Users Help Us See Photos Of Addiction Differently
Aaron Goodman

It’s a shame these programs are so limited. Obviously, long term drug use can lead to adverse health complications, but the true cost of heroin addiction to society is a result of society’s own ignorant (albeit well intentioned) war on drugs. Many chronic heroin users could still function and be contributors to society if they were not forced to spend 90% of every day looking for their next fix — and engaging in illicit activity to generate funs to acquire it. We’d also have far fewer heroin addicts if individuals addicted to opiate pain pills had similar treatment options. These early treatment options could divert many of those pain pill addicts away from heroin, which becomes the next logical step when the addict can no longer afford the high cost of illicit pain pills (ironically heroin has become the cheaper option for the opiate addict). I am a staunch Republican and it disappoints me that most of my fellow Republicans can not look at this issue in an economically objective manner. Set aside the compassionate argument, it just makes better economic sense for the overall productivity of our society to take these people off the streets and put them back into our economic engine. The good news is that the success of these programs will eventually convince enough people to expand their scope, which will be a blessing for not only those struggling with heroin addiction, but society as a whole. And Cheryl, stay strong. Be proud of who you are and your desire to seek treatment. We all fight our own demons, whether it be alcohol, cocaine, nicotine, caffeine, benzos or other substances that help us get through the day. And in all those pictures Cheryl, I see a young, beautiful woman struggling with the difficulties of life — but one who hasn’t given up. Don’t give up.

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