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(WBIR Knoxville)   Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. Subby has lost a friend because of this. Maybe you have as well. Let's all work together to help end the stigma and the shame. Thank you   ( divider line
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2021-08-31 6:23:16 AM  
Disturbed - A Reason To Fight [Official Live Video]
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2021-08-31 9:11:41 AM  
I've lost several, though admittedly not many were very close to me.  Almost all of them were my friends' friends or significant others or family members.  I started typing up details, but with this one it's easy to dox a bunch of people in context of this one so I'll just leave this.

One included a great artist who was downright revered by most of the people around him.  He was very close to breaking through when he relapsed and OD'd on heroin.  Something of an east coast Brad Nowell.  He literally had songs written in memory of his death.  This is my favorite by Jeff Riddle and it's the fourth or fifth re-recording of the song he's done.  He's my brother's best friend and on a short list of artists I love as a person:

Three Sheets
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These losses deeply effect the people who love them.  Jeff Riddle doesn't keep re-recording the song because it's catchy, he keeps re-recording it because he's never gotten over it.  I can rattle off 3 or 4 friends who are the same way: years later and they can't move on because they lost someone far too soon.
2021-08-31 11:12:25 AM  
Lost one of my best employees to a heroin overdose back in 2014.

I knew he had a problem, and he knew that I knew he had a problem. Hell, we even talked about it a couple times. I asked him to consider getting help several times, and promised him as much time off as he needed to get things worked out.

He just couldn't bring himself to do it, even though he knew exactly where he was headed. I remember one of our last in-person conversations, he came into the office to talk on one of his days off. Broke down crying at some point, showed me the needle tracks on his arms, and said "Look what I'm doing to myself!"

I even offered to drive him to an inpatient clinic at that point, but he refused. There's really only so much you can do for someone that isn't family, and being the employer adds an extra layer of complication, sadly. Got a call from his uncle several weeks later that he was dead.
2021-08-31 3:30:23 PM  
My adopted half sister died of one in 06 I believe. Only met her like 4 times, not close. Then in Halloween 07 had a coworker's brother drink himself to death at a party I was at, I had left by that time. Another Halloween party I attended in Seattle had 2 people OD.

/Actually I haven't been to an adult Halloween party where someone didn't die.
2021-08-31 8:57:58 PM  
My brother overdosed on heroin on January 20th, 2017. RIP Matt.
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