I don't think people really understand the seriousness behind substance abuse and where their experimental drug use can eventually take them. No one realizes how quickly abusing prescription drugs or any other substance can change their lives forever or how easily a person can overdose on them.
When a person is young and they're just starting out experimenting with marijuana, alcohol or even prescription drugs in no way do they see themselves hooked on harder drugs like heroin someday. Unfortunately that's what happens to many adolescents and even young adults when they take part in risky behaviors like experimenting with prescription pain pills and other drugs of abuse.
I understand that it's hard for young teens to see the whole picture when it comes to smoking pot, drinking alcohol or misusing drugs like prescription painkillers. At first they like the feelings they get when they're high and because they don't usually experience any serious repercussions at first, it's easy to repeat their substance use again. Not every young person moves on to harder drugs eventually but many do, again for experimentation or because they're seeking a more intense rush and high.
For the last few years prescription drugs have been the popular drug of choice among teens and young adults because they were extremely easy to get, cheap and people thought they were safer not realizing they're just as addictive and dangerous as street drugs are. Once a person becomes dependent on them they're not enough anymore and they need to either take much larger doses or move on to harder more powerful drugs. Now that prescription drugs are harder to get the cost has gone up too and people who are dependent on painkillers and other opiate narcotics are moving onto heroin and other street drugs and sadly many will never recover.
Drug dealers are making heroin readily available today because they know that people need another opiate drug to replace their painkiller addiction with. Heroin is much cheaper to abuse now than prescription pain pills are and it's much easier to find. In many areas throughout the United States purer forms of heroin is available which unfortunately leads to addiction much faster and also increases a person's chance of fatal overdose. It's devastating to think that many young people abusing prescription pain pills right now may someday move onto heroin and be looking at a future involving chronic addiction, illness, desperation and possibly a life of crime in order to feed their habit.
It would be wonderful if everyone that experimented with drugs and eventually became addicted to them could someday find their path of recovery but many people die due to a fatal overdose before that happens. Drugs like heroin are so powerful and addictive that once a person becomes dependent on them their health and their life continues to spiral out of control and they just exist day to day desperately trying to find ways to get their daily fix.
People can and do recover from chronic heroin addiction and some want to share their stories with others in hopes of saving another person from their same dangerous path. They also want others to see that there is hope of recovery from heroin addiction and that they're not alone. An inspiring story I found on annarbor.com will hopefully stop someone from experimenting with party drugs when they're young and send a message of recovery hope to others that are now addicted to drugs like heroin.