Not someone one with a medical degree, or years of experience and knowledge on this subject, or as anyone who's ever traveled down this dark road. I'm just a mom.
This weekend, I learned of yet ANOTHER lost life due to a heroin over dose. A young man I only knew as a ten year old child on my son's ball team. A young man that as a teenager occasionally came by our home to hang out with my son. A young man who was always polite to me. Someone I didn't know well, but knew of.
“I’LL JUST TRY IT ONCE.”
According to the National Center for Disease Control's February 20, 2013 posting, drug overdose deaths have increased for the 11th consecutive year.
"38,329 people died from a drug overdose in the United States in 2010, up from 37,004 deaths in 2009. This continues the steady rise in overdose deaths seen over the past 11 years, starting with 16,849 deaths in 1999."
The former median age for over dose addiction had been 32-35 years of age. That age has decreased to 20.2 years of age.
These are frightening statistics, and quite frankly - not something I can even wrap my head around or think of a way to "fix."
As a mom, a fixer, I feel helpless. I don't know what to do. I don't know how to help. I don't know what more can be done. I just don't. Maybe I'm over emotional - but is that bad?
I can only thank God that my son is not around this right now, and I continue to pray that he stays away and that his other friends STAY AWAY from this stuff.
So that I don't need to attend another unnecessary funeral.
A funeral for a 20 year old young man, who didn't have to die.
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