It’s Time To Stop

Recently, something happened at my school. Very recently, this past Friday. I didn’t know her at all, neither did any of my close friends, but a lot of the people in the grade below mine knew her. One of my friends told me that even some of her friends — not my friend’s friends, but the girl’s friends, if that makes any sense — knew about her problem, but kept their mouths shut about it. And now they have to live with that…

It’s a serious problem, I now understand. If you live in Ohio, in the Akron area, you full damn well it’s a problem. It’s on the news every day, that someone else has died from it. It’s in the papers, in the obituaries, especially the ones about the young people. Driving through the outskirts to get to the university, I’m sure I pass people that use it constantly and can’t function with or without it.

And, the sad thing is, we can’t stop it.

Doesn’t matter what they try: outlaw it? I mean, it’s illegal to rob banks, but people still do it.

Hammer into our kids’ minds that it’s bad? It’ll work sometimes, but kids and adolescents are curious. They’re going to try new things, some good and some bad.

I don’t know what we can do to help end the situation. My knowledge is very limited on this subject, so please don’t rip me a new one.

I think the best thing we can do is not punish heroin users, but help them. Get them the necessary resources to straighten themselves out, WITHOUT the use of other drugs. Through strength and perseverance alone. That, however, doesn’t mean friends can’t help. Addicts need their friends and loved ones for support. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.

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