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(Bangor Daily News)   August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Subby has lost a friend to overdose. Maybe you have as well. Please take a moment, and let's help end the shame and stigma of this preventable death. Thank you   (bangordailynews.com) divider line
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2020-08-31 1:30:09 AM  
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Subby here. Thank you to the admins that greened this.

Farkers, I'd like you to meet my friend Jade for a moment. On April 18, 2018, she succumbed to an overdose. She was 26 years old.

I've become more open on Fark over the years about my struggles with substance abuse. All I simply ask is this. Please do not discount those struggling with addiction. I am one of those people. So was Jade. We are people with families & friends that love us while we battle, struggle & fight every day.

Please-please-continue to be there for those people that continually fight to be there for their spouses, their children, their friends & their employers. They need you more than you know.

Thank you. And thank you to the Fark admins for allowing this message to be heard.
 
2020-08-31 8:04:10 AM  
I know that we (I am quite guilty of this) often joke about Becky injecting the marijuanas straight into her eyeballs...but, addiction is not a joke.

Addiction impacts everyone. You very likely know someone who struggles with drugs or alcohol. Just...be decent to each other. Try to understand what other people are going through. Be supportive and be kind. Be interested in another person.
 
2020-08-31 8:14:47 AM  
One of my stepdaughter's "friends" died of an oxycodone-related overdose.

Neither one of her parents (who were divorced) had much time for her: they were both remarried, her father busy with his new family, her mother too busy with work (semi-competent realtor).

The kid even got pregnant in high-school and the father of the child has been willing to be in the picture.. much to the chagrin of the mother, who doesn't like him for "defiling her baby girl" or some high-strung allegedly-christian-bs

Now the mother is a self-described "crusader in the fight against opioids"... BUT WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER NEEDED YOU????
 
2020-08-31 8:41:49 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: Subby here


Thank you for sharing your friend's story. You have my attention.
 
2020-08-31 9:11:18 AM  
I lost my mom to alcoholism, long before a combo of sedatives and alcohol killed her.

I lost a HS friend to a heroin overdose.  He was planning to go to med school.

I lost another friend who lost his fight against depression and a painkiller addiction.

I'm personally fighting against a drinking problem that came back in 2020.

Keep your chin up.
 
2020-08-31 10:11:12 AM  
A family member over dosed, just as it seemed they were getting their life together. Lost friends to over dosing. Have other family members who are cross addicted to pills and booze. Helping a friend stay sober-in fact, gotta remind them today is their check in day. Other friends have gone to re-hab-often, I'll take that over their deaths. Gone to plenty of meetings, lectures and listened to harrowing stories of lives on the streets as people were trying to score drugs, sell drugs or themselves to get drugs/money.
Worked at a Neurosurgery department, teenaged boys in wheel chairs, paralyzed from being hit in cross fire drug/turf wars in Philly.
There is no one in this country that is not affected by this. No. One. If you think "Oh, noooooo, not my family....friends....co-workers....aqu​aintances..." Wrong.
As I write this up in central Pennsyltennarkatucky, there's cool breeze, high clouds and buzzing of distant bugs. It is a good day to be alive. Those with addictions do not always see life this way. Make sure to be there for those who want your help, to have them look up at the sky, to take a breath, and be thankful they are here, one more day for the rest of us.
Just this day. This is all we have. One. Day. At. A. Time.


Oh, and thank you to those who have shared and will share their experiences here.
 
2020-08-31 10:41:04 AM  
My best friend from jr high through late high school OD'd last summer (got out of jail and went back to the same dosage as before he went in). His dad OD'd the following day.

Talking to my school friends from home is basically an exercise in hearing terrible news about people I used to know, and hiding my relief at getting the Fark out of that place.
 
2020-08-31 11:21:14 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: [Fark user image image 425x531]

Subby here. Thank you to the admins that greened this.

Farkers, I'd like you to meet my friend Jade for a moment. On April 18, 2018, she succumbed to an overdose. She was 26 years old.

I've become more open on Fark over the years about my struggles with substance abuse. All I simply ask is this. Please do not discount those struggling with addiction. I am one of those people. So was Jade. We are people with families & friends that love us while we battle, struggle & fight every day.

Please-please-continue to be there for those people that continually fight to be there for their spouses, their children, their friends & their employers. They need you more than you know.

Thank you. And thank you to the Fark admins for allowing this message to be heard.


I'm so sorry about Jade.

And I'm sorry that this country doesn't recognize addiction as a disease.  At some point, it becomes purely physical.  The body needs the drug or it feels horrible.  The addict has no choice.  But the Puritan pukes in the US think jail will help this.  I'm not sure how they came up with incarceration as cure for a physical problem.

I strongly advocate for a compassionate handling of addiction by healthcare professionals, not politicians or jailers.
 
2020-08-31 12:43:37 PM  
My wife's cousin got sucked into heroin. At 40 years of age, she looked 70. She died around age 50, not from an overdose, but from the ravages visited upon her heart by drugs. She had cleaned up but it killed her just the same. In slow motion.
 
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